The book that I have read numerous times and never get tired of is “The Great Gatsby” by F.S. Fitzgerald. The novel describes the life of American society after World War I, rises a problem of tragic love and depiction of the American dream. Every time I go through the novel, I have a new vision of the main problems raised in the book. The failure of the American Dream is shown with the help of society of those times that was searching for leisure, a facile way of earning money, and public acceptance. The tragedy of love between Gatsby and Daisy is seen through Gatbsy’s dreams and false interpretation of Daisy though from first sight the reader feels sorry for the main character and wants to blame his lover for the tragic ending. However, it is hard to blame Daisy for unfaithfulness and hesitation when Gatsby prioritizes incorrect issues in winning their relationship back. Making parties in the hope to see her, and becoming rich to make one step closer to her position in society could not help Gatsby win Daisy back. The deeper I go through the plot, the more I understand the problem of the main character and his pain.
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“The Great Gatsby” was filmed by a talented director Baz Luhrmann, and it can be called a successful interpretation of Fitzgerald’s work. Illustrating the fashion and behavior of modern society, its inequality and demands quickly take the one who watches the movie deep into the story. During the film, the director saved the important weather factor as the background of various scenes such as this: “Outside the wind was loud and there was a faint flow of thunder along the Sound” (F.S. Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, p175). The film made according to the novel is a good example of detailed and careful work of talented people, and I enjoy watching it the same as reading the book.
The film can be called a faithful interpretation, however, it still has some personal analysis of the director. Baz Luhrmann shows Nick, the storyteller in both the novel and the movie, and at the end of the film as the author of the book. During the novel, the writer was never straightly referencing himself. Critics compare some facts from Fitzgerald’s life with the story of Gatsby but it was never obvious and straight written in the book.