What Is The Theme Of The Great Gatsby Movie

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Dakota Gravitt

The Great Gatsby (2013) Movie Analysis

“The Great Gatsby” movie, made in 2013 featuring Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Carey Mulligan, is a film based on a book by the same name written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The film is about Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), a bonds salesman living in the 1920s, before the market crash, who moves near the shores of New York City over the summer and encounters his mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio). His rich neighbor would constantly threw large parties at his mansion on the weekends and one summer day Nick is invited to one in which he eventually meets Gatsby personally (which not many of his guests are allowed to do) and begins to regularly attend his parties and events with him afterwards. Soon, Gatsby confesses to Nick through his cousin Daisy’s friend, Jordan Baker (Elizabeth Debicki), that he wants Nick to ask Daisy, an old lover of Gatsby’s, for lunch one evening so Gatsby can meet her once
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Nick is finally told by Gatsby his past, that he had been spending the last five years trying to build up his wealth through illegal alcohol and drugs for a gangster named Wolfsheim and that he had grown up extremely poor. He had built up his wealth, then moved in a mansion across from Daisy’s and threw large parties, hoping she would go to one. So, trying to rush his plan, Gatsby begins to become more passionate towards Daisy to convince her that he is what she wants. During these scenes in the movie, where Gatsby is trying to manipulate Daisy’s emotions through his affection, he is using something called “pathos”, or emotional appeal, against Daisy to convince her. Gatsby knows the only way to get Daisy to want to leave her husband is to make her believe that he is the only one who can make her happy and not her husband Tom, who even at the beginning of the film, Daisy shows she no longer cares
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