The Great Gatsby--Comparison Between 1974 Movie and the Book

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Shiring Xing
Miss Pruitt
English 3
13 February, 2013
The Great Gatsby ----comparison between book and 1974 movie The difference between the developing way of books and movies is magnificently huge because the way of emotion transmitting is different; the movie is based on vision, while the book is based on words. ADDITONS in plots:

In the beginning of the movie, Nick is sailing a boat and then meets Tom at the dock, while Tom was just riding a horse. However, in the novel, Nick meets Tom at the front door. This previous phenomenon is because the need of fluent transition in movies. There are some other similar additions in the movie of 1974 in order to keep the continuity of the story. For example, when Myrtle sees Gatsby’s car come across the Valley of Ashes, she rushes downstairs and even stumbles because of excitement and hysteria. This addition is in order to explain why Myrtle runs straight towards the car and how she died, since in the book, limited to the perspective of narrator, the author didn’t described this plot. However, if the plot was deleted in the movie, the audience wouldn’t know why and how Myrtle died. DELETIONS in plots:

In first chapter of the book Tom has to leave for a phone call that comes from his mistress after talking about the butler’s nose, in the movie he leaves when talking about whites being the supreme race. In the book the dinner scene continues with a longer conversation till about ten o’clock and in the movie the dinner ends right after Tom and Daisy come back to the table. In the book Daisy asks about Nick being engaged to a woman out west while he is about to leave on the boat. In the book they just say goodbyes when he was the boat at the dock. These details seems unimportant but it's these tiny things put together to complete the scene of life of 1920's upper classes. According to Fitzgerald,...
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