Perception In The Great Gatsby

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Perception. Manipulation. Respect and Authority. These are qualities one uses when striving for privilege and capital, in order to control those around them. However, the concept of an ideal is constantly evolving based off one’s previous achievements and surroundings, which ultimately results in greed and dissatisfaction. Baz Luhrmann, Director of The Great Gatsby, demonstrates how the pursuit of an ideal may be promising, however, it can also easily lead to destruction, due to the course of action taken for achievement. This is significant since Gatsby was driven to the point of using dirty money in order to obtain wealth, which leads to Gatsby’s shaming, and ultimately, the death of others and of he himself. Luhrmann expresses emotion and awareness by using…show more content…
‘100 $Bill’ and ‘Young and Beautiful’ both spoke for Gatsby strongly as they were played in a manner to present him in separate lights and represented both his hopes and his fears. His disregard for riches is easily expressed in the song 100 $ Bill as he pays no attention to the amount he spends in the secret bar or on his extravagant parties, it also shows how he takes business as a pastime not a necessity. However the song Young and Beautiful, brings up how he wants Daisy to love him even when he doesn’t have the riches anymore, which is both a hope and a fear as he is unsure of how far she will allow their ‘affair’ to go. The song also brings up bringing her love to heaven with her, which can be said for Gatsby but does Daisy really want to go with him. He seems to bypasses her wants there as well as in the confessing of who Daisy really loves and we never see him ask her. Allowing your own dreams cloud your vision and block others doesn’t always lead you down the best path, as he becomes very selfish when it comes to

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