Compare And Contrast The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby is one of the most known novel and movie in the United States. Fitzgerald is the creator of the novel The Great Gatsby; many want to recreate his vision in their own works. Being in a rewrite of the novel or transforming literature in cinema. Luhrmann is the most current director that tried to transform this novel into cinema. However, this is something many directors have tried to do but have not succeeded. Luhrmann has made a good triumph creating this movie. Both Fitzgerald’s and Luhrmann’s approach to The Great Gatsby either by using diction, symbolism, transitions from one scene to another, and color symbolism usage in both the text and the movies; illustrate how Daisy and Gatsby still have an attraction for one another, and how they might want to rekindle their love.

In chapter five of The Great Gatsby, we are told that Daisy is invited over to her cousin Nick’s house for tea—being that she does not know that Gatsby is going to be there. On Daisy’s arrival to Nicks house, Nick narrates their entrance into his home, and how Daisy is going to walk into an “overwhelming surprise” (Fitzgerald 85). Fitzgerald’s diction is very limited in the sense that there is not descriptive diction leading into imagery: that allows us to paint a picture. The shifts of scene are very rapid. However, in Luhrmann’s movie version, there is a better portrayal of this scene. Before, Daisy’s arrival we know Gatsby is in Nick’s living room; we still believe that Gatsby is still in there. Leading us into the illusion to Daisy’s reaction, causing us to believe that she has seen Gatsby and how she is in shock. The long pause, the line Daisy says, the music, are all very well incorporated; because she has not seen Gatsby in five years, and Luhrmann wanted this scene to contain that emotion. Later on, when Daisy does see Gatsby almost everything is the same: the words, the look, the music, and the facial expressions. Something we want to add onto is, the distinction of the lines in both Fitzgerald’s and Luhrmann’s versions. In Luhrmann’s cinema version, the diction and the tone when Daisy is walking into the living room is very emotional, Daisy’s states; “[gasp] ohh… [deep breath] oh goodness I can’t believe this.” The essence of this is riveting because it’s not very common for someone to say those exact words, only if something incredible is happening. We assume that Daisy has seen Gatsby but this is the contrary. This is something added into the movie, that is not in the book, the book does not even elaborate on the emotion Daisy is feeling. Until, Daisy actually comes intact with Gatsby. When Daisy see’s Gatsby, Nick narrates to us that he has “heard a sort of choking murmur and part of a laugh followed by Daisy’s voice on a clear artificial note: “I certainly am awfully glad to see you again”” (Fitzgerald 86). The same occurs in Luhrmann's version, the words still contain the same emotion Fitzgerald wanted to implicate; just we were able to see the...

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