Marilyn T BeallMike TischlerENG: 0900
May 14, 2018
The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby is a novel written by Scott Fitzgerald in 1925 about the roaring twenties. Although the characters are fiction and the story is made the setting is real and historical. A movie was made from the novel in 2013. Although the movie used a lot of the book and quoted line straight from the novel, there are differences. The Great Gatsby book and movie compares and contrast wealth and society between key figures. The main comparison and contrast is between Jay Gatsby and Tom Buchanan with Daisy Buchanan in the middle.
The main characters in the book and the movie are Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby. Nick Carraway he grew up in West Egg he was from a wealthy family because his family has a business. Nick grandfather’s brother the business is a hardware that his family owns. Nick stated, “The actual funder of my line was my grandfather’s brother, who came here in fifty-one, sent a substitute to the Civil War, and started the wholesale hardware business that my father carries today” (Fitzgerald 03). Nick he was the cousin of Daisy and a neighbor of Gatsby. Nick’s character in movie was different in the book, because in the movie he was an alcoholic, he was in drug and placed in sanitarium, while in the book there was no mention of him that he was an alcoholic and placed in sanitarium. In the book Nick mention he was from World War I while in the movie it was not mentioned.
Second character is about Jay Gatsby. James Gatz his real name but transformed into Jay Gatsby. “James Gatz- that was really, or at least legally, his name he had changed it at the age of seventeen and at the specific moment that witnessed the beginning of his career- when he saw Dan Cody’s yacht drop anchor over the most insidious flat on Lake Superior” (Fitzgerald 98). Gatsby he was a young boy his dream become rich. Gatsby he desires to become rich because of his love for Daisy. Gatsby’s character in the movie are different in the book, in the movie was impatient and he would lose his temper, because in the movie he grabbed the collar of Tom Buchanan, while in the book he did not grab him. Gatsby wants Daisy we always seem to want the person we can’t have.
There is a strong contrast between Gatsby and Tom, the husband of Daisy, the woman Gatsby’s loves. Gatsby is fair to those around him and Tom is mean spirited, believes the white race is superior, and women, including his wife Daisy, are not important as men are. Tom stated, “This fellow has worked out the whole thing. It’s up to us, who are dominant race, to watch out or these other races will have control of things” (Fitzgerald13). The book and movie equally point out Buchanan’s racism and character. Tom’s character in the book and the movie is different, because in the book he was sturdy haired man and dominant, while in the movie he was masculine and aggressive was not looking good. Tom was a cheater in his first marriage both book and the movie.
Daisy she grew up from a wealthy family. She is the cousin of nick and the wife of Tom. Daisy and Tom has a daughter. She married Tom because she wanted more money. Daisy’s character in the movie and the book are similar, because in the movie she was a blond hair and the body was not curve, while in the book as my imagination she was beautiful and gorgeous body. Daisy she was a materialistic woman.
The theme of The Great Gatsby is about a person’s class in society. The book is about the status of those with enormous wealth to the people that are scraping by. This story of class and wealth story is tied together with Gatsby’s love for a woman that is married to another man. The class part of the book is not entirely based on wealth. Because the book is more corrupt people, while in the movie is more loves. “West Egg, especially, still figures in my more fantastic dreams. I see it as a night scene by El Greco: a hundred houses, at once conventional and grotesque, crouching under a sullen, overhanging sky and lusterless moon” (Fitzgerald176). Example, of corrupt person Mr. Meyer Wolfsheim he is a gambler and fixer world series. Gatsby’s character, wealth, status and his unrealistic love of Daisy are the heart of this book. The point of Gatsby’s moral character is equally presented in movie and book. The book goes into more detail as the written story most often does, but the book cannot show the character in visual form. Only the movie can visually present the facial expression and tone of voice and that goes for all characters.