Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Great Gatsby Film Version

There are many different film versions of The Great Gatsby. The movies are very similar to the book. Reading the book made me visualize what I believed the overall setting and picture to be. And, when I saw two versions of the movie, I had the same visual in my head as shown in the actual movies. The different scenes seemed the same in the book as they did in the movie. A majority of the dialogue in the book was directly spoken in the movies.

The movies didn't have as much meaning as the book did. The way things were looked at and portrayed were greater explained in the book. Unlike the book, the theme that was showed the most in the movie was that "money can't buy true happiness." Other themes that were in the book like: how hard it is to confront the truth, and the disillusion of the times, weren't as well shown.

There's many different themes in the book and when you read it you're able to chose which one is most important to you. Unlike the movies where it practically chooses the theme for you instead of you being able to have your own perspective.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Dan Cody

Dan Cody is one of the characters in The Great Gatsby. He made money by mining precious metals. He enjoyed making money and being rich. He was very softminded, which made many women take advantage of his kindess. Dan Cody was a very heavy drinker. He owned a yacht which he took Gatsby and made him his personal assistant. His yacht was a simbolism of the beauty and glamour of the world.

Him and Gastby were very alike in the sense that they were both self-made men. He was a great friend of Gatsby's; he was more like a mentor of Gatsby. They met when Gatsby rowed over to his yacht to warn him of a storm. Dan Cody helped him when he was just a young man and helped him better understand society. He also talk Gatsby how to live with the wealthy, as a rich man.

When Dan Cody died, part of his money was to be inherited to Gatsby. He had left $25,000.00 for him. But, a woman named Ella Kay was let into his life and Gatsby never received any of the money that was intended to go to him.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Unrequited Love

Unrequited love is greatly portrayed in The Great Gatsby. This kind of love is shown through many different characters, each in different ways. "Unrequited love is love that is not openly reciprocated or understood as such, even though reciprocation is usually deeply desired. The beloved may or may not be aware of the admirer's deep affections."

Daisy is one of the main characters that shows this type of love. She knows that Gatsby is in love with her, and she pretends to be in love with him leaving him in unrequited love. Daisy shows her shallowness in making Gatsby believe she loves him and allowing physical consummation which does not give him the emotional security he needs.

In the beginning of the novel, Nick falls in love with Jordan, whereas she is not taking it as seriously. More towards the end of the book, he begins to fall out of love with her, while she's finally falling in love with him. They love eachother at the wrong times which causes their love to be unrequited.