Similar dream fought on as the afternoon

with Tom, Gatsby behaves differently with Daisy in the film compared to the
book. While the film makes Gatsby desperate and out of self-control, the book
makes Gatsby a reserved and controlled figure. In the book, though Gatsby
attempts to deny everything that Tom says and defends his status, he “gives…up”
as Daisy “draws further and further into herself” (134). He gives up because
he realizes that Daisy is not going to choose Gatsby over Tom voluntarily. Nick,
who is the observer, describes this scene as, “only the dead dream fought on as
the afternoon slipped away” (134). The “dead dream” symbolizes Gatsby’s loss of
Daisy and the destruction of his biggest dream. Nick continues the description
of the scene, “trying to touch what was no longer tangible, struggling
unhappily, undespairingly, toward that lost voice across the room” (134). This
is the pivotal moment for Gatsby because it becomes clear that Daisy is not
going to be with him. Daisy is “no longer tangible,” which indicates Daisy’s departure
from Gatsby and furthering away where Gatsby cannot reach her; she is lost to
the past. Gatsby’s attempt of “trying to touch” goes back to where he stretches
out his arms toward the green light in the first chapter (21). This action
indicates the fact that Daisy is no long attainable although he wants her more
than anything. The word, “voice” also represents Daisy, and since Nick
describes it as a “lost voice,” it signifies that Daisy is no longer present in
Gatsby’s life; therefore, Gatsby “gives up”. However, in the film, Gatsby does
not give up. He is desperate and seems fearful of losing her. He mentions
softly, “Daisy darling… None of this has any consequence. Don’t listen to him
Daisy,” as if he is forcing Daisy to stay with him, trust him, and believe in him

He even lists what they will do together, “We’re going back to Louisville to be
married. Then we’re going to live together in our house; it’s…” and makes Daisy
as she is definitely going to stick with him for the rest of her life (Luhrmann).  Gatsby even shows some control over her as he
gets physically closer to Daisy and touches her on the shoulders (Luhrmann).

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There is a “feeling of excruciating unease in the room,” because Gatsby is in
full effort to get Daisy back on his side (Luhrmann).

The word “excruciating” suggests that it is almost hard to breathe in the room since
there is so much tension, violence, and fear. Compared to the book, Gatsby
seems to show more of his eagerness to gain Daisy’s love and control over her
through words and actions.