An Evaluative Analysis of a Movie THE GREAT GATSBY by F Scott

An Evaluative Analysis of a Movie “THE GREAT GATSBY” by F. Scott Fitzgerald on a Marxism and a slight of Psychoanalytic Approach

Based on William Shakespeare, “Be not afraid of Greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them”. Jay Gatsby in the movie “The Great Gatsby” was truly a great figure. “The Great Gatsby”. It is a 2013 romantic drama film directed by Baz Luhrman. This movie is based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel of the same name.

The writer of this movie created that timeline where social class and money are the essence of everyone’s aspiration. Revealing the trend of living in a modern society and giving a commentary on a social life of America in 1920s. The Great Gatsby movie visualize how capitalism creates and estranges different social classes. In the America, class levels are very conspicuous usually in 1920s. The rich class is drastically disjointed from poor class. Generally, the movie is based on the power, greed, and perfidious of modern society.

Nick Carraway, the narrator of the movie, in a remedial for his depression and alcoholism has convinced by his doctor to write the story what put him there, Nick’s journal describes how seven years earlier goes on. In 1922, Nick arrives in New York to learn about bond businesses. He rents a house in the West Egg district of Long Island. Nick’s next-door neighbor is mysterious man named Jay Gatsby, who lives in a immense mansion alone and throws parties every weekend night.

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After attending one of Gatsby’s parties, Nick was asked by Gatsby to arrange a meeting with his cousin, Daisy, now married to a wealthy and influenceable man named Tom Buchanan. Daisy was Gatsby’s true love, before he served in war. The mysterious Gatsby was known by Nick that he was once a poor boy and created himself as a glamorous millionaire, served in war and got awarded, but doing so he lost his love of his life. Now, purely, his intention is to win Daisy back but an event happened after the confession, ending up a tragedy which had killed the woman who has an affair with Tom Buchanan, the husband of Daisy. But the the false accusation was pushed on Gatsby whom they said having an affair with the woman who have been killed. The revenge from the husband of the woman got Gatsby killed. In Gatsby’s burial, no one showed up whereas he accused falsely. Nick was disgusted with everyone and everything but excluding Jay Gatsby because he know how great Gatsby was.

The writer, Fitzgerald dissects the idea that a citizen can achieve happiness and fulfillment by simply working as hard as possible. Though, Gatsby worked hard and acquires a great deal of money, he doesn’t ever achieve true happiness or fulfillment. For Gatsby, true happiness involve earning the lasting love of Daisy. On the other hand, though Daisy loves him in her own way but she wouldn’t be able to love him as fully as she could wish, and in the end Daisy abandons Gatsby. Thus we can’t push someone to love us back, it seems too wrong. On the other angle, the movie presents two distinct types of wealthy people. First, there are people like the Buchanans and Jordan Baker who were born wealthy. They don’t have to work hard, hence they have the money. They spend their time and wealth amusing themselves with whatever takes their fancy, they just depends on their money and wealth. Second, wealthy people like Gatsby that recently acquired wealth, which they feel what is feels to be poor but Gatsby realizes that money is not a happiness and fulfillment.

Jay Gatsby was unethical and noble man. Gatsby’s dishonesty about his real identity and background put his greatness suspicious. As he introduces himself to Nick that he is the son of some wealthy people in Europe but all dead now and educated in Oxford because his ancestors have been educated there for many years. Eventually, later on, the truth about Gatsby’s background was exposed the he was from a poor family and he was a run-away. Furthermore, Gatsby couldn’t considered a noble man because he aspired to take another man’s wife that was his true love in the past. Being a “Jay Gatsby” in this generation could be a mistake where people are judgemental. Being so much hopeful could be a tragedy, expecting anyone to love you back, ending up hurting yourself. It is true that giving too much is dangerous, in a song sang by The Queen “Too Much Love Will Kill You” is possible, literally.

Finally, all the characters either belonging to the rich nor poor class have their own struggles to handle with. Struggles between rich and rich, struggles between poor and poor, but also struggle between rich and poor. Not only in the years 1920s but, in the present also, people confront with social class struggles. As I critic the movie, I could tell that the approach I had been understood was Marxism and a slight of psychoanalytic, seeing that it grounds-up the theory of human society according to its social class. And characterizing the writer’s mental background or views about his timeline. Above all, I can recommend that the writer might could have state the point of view of those poor classes not just those rich ones. Conversely, Gatsby is truly a great man, his extraordinary gift for hope and positivity. There’s one thing I learned from this movie, “Stay Positive even when it feels like your life is falling apart”.

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