Great Gatsby: Book vs Film
Before the invention of television and film the art of story telling was restricted to theater and literature. Theater was and still is performed live by actors who tell some kind of story through their performance. But theater is still limited greatly in its ability to convey setting to the viewer. In order to fully grasp the power of any story one must believe, in a sense, that the events are happening before them. Literature is better able to accomplish this by utilizing the power of the human imagination. Even more than this literature has the ability to describe human emotion through the use of strong metaphors and colorful language. It is this technique of writing that remains unique to literature. Even film cannot approach the human emotion and heart that literature has given people over the ages. Yet film is not without advantages of its own. Film can have strong power behind it. A kind of power that a viewer is forced to see and feel. This power is delivered though a film’s soundtrack, it’s quick pace, and in recent years, the use of special effects. Good books are often made into films. Which is better? The answer to that question depends on the intentions of the author of the . . .
When comparing the two the intentions of the artist must be considered. The film takes away from this feeling by turning it into a suspenseful moment. The choice of first person narrative by Fitzgerald causes the reader to be brought closer to the level of the characters in the book, rather than be at a distance as would be the case with a third person narrative. This is a pivotal point in the book because it brings two conflicts together: Tom Buchanan’s affair with Mrs. Since the book is about the character of Gatsby and is unique impact on those around him the book has the strongest advantage in this scene. One important scene in both the book and the movie is when Carraway meets Gatsby for the first time at his party. Several years later the...
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