The Great Gatsby: Film and Novel Comparison Essay

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The Great Gatsby: Film and Novel Comparison The Great Gatsby is a novel which critically discusses the ideals of the American Dream and recapturing the past. In the film adaptation, producer Jack Clayton stays very closely to the plot and even quotes the novel verbatim but fails to capture the essence of the themes portrayed in the novel. The text did not translate well into film; some facts are distorted, the depiction of the characters are different, the general ambience of certain settings do not match, and the movie is weighted towards the beginning of the book, with half of the movie based closely on the first two chapters of the book. Gatsby Gatsby’s character in the novel is very distinct from his portrayal in the film. In the…show more content…
Aside from her high voice and sarcastic acting, there is not much difference from the novel. Myrtle In the book, Myrtle appeared to be gaudy, impulsive and arrogant. Generally, she was not well liked and was not particularly attractive. The actor responsible for Myrtle’s role seemed too tasteful and classy, not enough for the audience to dislike. Myrtle, in the novel, contrasted Daisy; Daisy was beautiful, elegant and mannerly. Myrtle, in the film, was almost similar to Daisy: beautiful, elegant and mannerly, but to a lesser degree. Gatsby’s Mansion Gatsby’s mansion seems more dull in the film than in the novel. In the book, his mansion is described as lavish and tasteful (though Gatsby himself is not tasteful, his mansion and its furnishings are). But in the film, his mansion is but a venue for parties – it is grandiose but lacks taste. This aids in accentuating the fact that Gatsby’s wealth does not satisfy him – his mansion seems grand and elegant from the outside but is tasteless from within; he is rich in material wealth but is empty and dissatisfied inside. Tom & Daisy’s Home Tom and Daisy’s home was depicted in the novel as an inviting place where “the windows were ajar and gleaming white against the fresh grass outside that seemed to grow a little way into the house.” (Fitzgerald, 13) Tom and Daisy’s house appeared plain and
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