"Can't repeat the past? Why of course you can": A Study of The Great Gatsby and Selected Adaptations
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This dissertation aims to examine F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (1926) alongside two subsequent filmic adaptations of the text by Jack Clayton (1974) and Baz Luhrmann (2013), in an attempt to analyse the ways in which the narrative has transformed over time. In particular this focuses on shifts in narrative perspective, using film theory to examine the shift from first-person narration to the role of camerawork on storytelling. Also, a key aspect of analysis involves discussion around cultural factors impacting the adaptation process and the original novel, focusing on the ways in which both Fitzgerald’s text and each adaptation may be considered a product of its time. Chapter one discusses the narration of the story, focusing on the importance of the novel’s first-person narrator, Nick Carraway, and his depictions in both the 1974 and 2013 film examined. This will therefore focus on the techniques used to shift the focus between Nick’s narration and the role of the camera’s gaze. There is a focus on Nick’s reliability as the primary narrator within the novel, as well as his limitations as a witness narrator whose knowledge is restricted to his own experiences within the narrative. This will be examined alongside the level of influence his character is given within each adaptation. Chapter two explores aspects of character, particularly focusing on Jay Gatsby, but also discussing Tom Buchanan, Daisy Buchanan and Jordan Baker, in particular focusing on how each can be viewed as the embodiment of particular societal issues within the 1920s. This necessitates an analysis of the ways each character has changed over time, and whether these societal representations have changed or altered to relate to contemporary audiences. Thus, themes of gender, socio-economics and the American dream are discussed. Chapter three examines depictions of era, atmosphere and society over the novel and subsequent adaptations, analysing Fitzgerald’s portrayal of the ‘Jazz Age’ against Clayton and Luhrmann’s film depictions, predominantly focusing on the use of anachronism which is employed to create a greater connection with contemporary audiences. This involves study of mise-en-scène, and factors such as the use of music, costume and effects.
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