4. The Love of Money

I will admit that Luhrmann's version of "The Great Gatsby," although exceedingly intricate and highly gratifying, first seemed a bit contradictory to the main point that Fitzgerald was trying to make in the novel. Reading about these characters that were so flawed led me to the impression that Fitzgerald despised the money hungry. Hearing about the amount of money spent towards making and promoting the 2013 adaptation made me question whether this idea would be portrayed in a successful manner.

However, after seeing the film three times with people whose opinions varied, I came to the conclusion that Luhrmann's version was in tune with Fitzgerald's vision; it was very easy to believe the performances of the actors because of the copious riches they possessed in the film. The main lesson you learn from reading or watching "The Great Gatsby" is that being rich, while enjoyable, will not change who you are on the inside. Money does not change people; being consumed by greed and pride does. The Buchanan family is the physical embodiment of this sentiment. "Proud people breed sad sorrows for themselves." I wholeheartedly agree with Emily Brontรซ's statement that being extremely arrogant can lead to stress and misfortune. Pride is a dangerous vice to have; there is a vast difference between confidence and arrogance!

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