Great Gatsby

Topics: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby Pages: 3 (1146 words) Published: April 5, 2013
The Great Gatsby
After reading "The Great Gatsby” written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and watching the film directed by Jack Clayton, I noticed a few plot, character, and theme changes. As I was watching the movie I began to ask myself why did Jack Clayton take this event out or why did he add in this particular event? Was it for the sake of time or the fact that it was not an important part in the book? So I began to write notes and started to compare the great novel to the film.

The novel The Great Gatsby and its movie are very much a like when you talk about the general plot line. However, there are few small differences between the novel and the movie that sets them apart just enough to notice. Everything is the same until we arrive to the point where we first see Gatsby. The screenwriter changed the way that Gatsby is looking across the bay to the green lantern. Gatsby is not reaching for the light, but he is grasping it as if he already has it. This is a significant change in the way that we see Gatsby. In the novel we see Gatsby as a man trying to gain back his love with Daisy Buchanan. In the movie on the other hand we get the feeling and thought that Gatsby is not that desperate to have Daisy back in his life.

The director and the screenwriter also did not include the elevator boy who helped Myrtle with the dog supplies. This was most likely done to save time in the film as he did not play an important role in the plot of the book or the film. In the novel Tom and Daisy get into an argument at the apartment, while having a party. Tom does not strike Myrtle in front of all their guests in the novel. In the film Jack Clayton and the screenwriter made it different. They have Tom strike Myrtle in front of all their guests during the party. I believe that this was changed to show the relationship between Tom and Myrtle to show that Tom is the man of their affair. In the novel we are introduced to Gatsby during a party when Nick accidently runs into...
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