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Great Gatsby Novel And Movie Comparison

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When movies are made from novels, they most likely aren't as well performed and written as the original books, although there are some exceptions such as Forest Gump. As evidence, I believe Baz Luhrmann's production of The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in the 1920's was not performed at its best. Baz Luhrmann did well with the special effects; however, he didn't do well in portraying the characters, the symbols and the setting.
The special effects Baz Luhrmann decided on using, were spectacular he chose some of the most perfect music and three dimensional visuals. Luhrmann did a wonderful job when choosing the music for the movie's scenes and the soundtrack. He chose one ...view middle of the document...

.. with her chin raised....” This was a major factor in how people perceived Jordan in the novel to her misportrayal in the film. The film depicted Jordan as a more open minded and caring person as the novel did not. Similarly, Myrtle Wilson's appearance was perceived and shown differently. In the book her appearance was a more floozy than hopeless and poor. In my opinion, the movie made her more conservative and older. Furthermore, Luhrmann misportrayed one of the main characters Daisy Buchanan. In the novel, when reading aloud Fitzgerald made her sound annoying and pampered. Conversely, the movie made her seem helpless and by having Carrey Mulligan play Daisy her voice wasn't annoying. As I have noted, Luhrmann's depiction of the characters were not the best.
In my opinion, Luhrmann also changed the main symbols from those shown in the novel. One symbol he seemed to use greatly as it wasn't in the novel was Jay Gatsby's ring. He showed his ring various times throughout the movie, once when Nick was offered a drink and didn't know it was Gatsby. He also made the pearl necklaces an important symbol. I believe Luhrmann made this symbol important to show the similarities between Myrtle and Daisy. There were many other symbols added such as the song “Young...

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