F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby has been revamped for the big screen by Warner Bros. and is slated to be released on May 10, 2013. The movie will star Leonardo DiCaprio as the title character, with Tobey Maguire, Isla Fisher, Joel Edgerton, Carey Mulligan, and Jason Clarke rounding out the main cast. While there’s still plenty of time to reread the novel and refresh your memory (or read the novel for the first time if you have no memory of reading it), here are a few answers to questions you might have about Gatsby.
Who is the Great Gatsby? Jay Gatsby is the main subject of the novel; his story is told from the point of view of Nick Carraway, a Midwesterner who travels to New York City in search of a career in bonds. Nick befriends Jay Gatsby, his wealthy next-door neighbor who is best known for hosting exuberant parties. Nick slowly learns more of Gatsby’s past and present lives as the novel unfolds.
So what happens? As mentioned, Nick moves to New York and reunites with his cousin Daisy Buchanan and her husband Tom Buchanan. He also meets Gatsby, and eventually discovers that Gatsby is madly in love with Daisy – they had a brief courtship in the past. Nick helps them reunite, but unfortunately extramarital affairs rarely end well for anyone.
How does Daisy’s husband feel about this? Funny enough, Tom is also having an affair, with a woman named Myrtle Wilson. But while it is apparently okay for him to have a lover in the city, he’s considerably displeased to discover Gatsby’s love for Daisy, particularly when Daisy reciprocates.
And Myrtle is…single? Nope, she’s married too, to George Wilson.
Where does Nick factor in to this tangled web of lovers? Nick briefly dates Jordan Baker, who is friends with Daisy.
How does this whole mess sort itself out? It doesn’t, or at least not as one would hope. While I won’t ruin the ending completely, let’s just say thing turn out very poorly for Gatsby (as well as for Myrtle) and pretty poorly for the rest of the cast.
This whole thing sounds depressing. It kind of is, but at the same time there are lots of fancy parties and people having fun. Try not to dwell on the negatives. Go see the movie (better yet, read the book!)