競賽影片：The Great Gatsby (大亨小傳)
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The Great Gatsby is an exemplary film, which exquisitely depicted the lustful and squandered Jazz age. The story describes Jay Gatsby, an embodiment of the American dream, blindly pursuing the alluring Daisy Buchanan, which resulted in a poignant tragedy. I myself was sentimental after watching the movie, and especially excruciated when the nefariousness of some of the characters evolve in front of my eyes. The movie began with Nick Carraway, who is receiving therapy at a psychiatric hospital. His psychotherapist recommended him to type his thoughts down , thus making Nick the narrator. The memoir puts the affluent Jay Gatsby as the protagonist in the film. Nick met Gatsby due to an attendance in one of Gatsby’s extravagant parties. The parties were held to in the hopes that Gatsby’s inamorata, Daisy Buchanan, who is also Nick’s cousin would be present. After an awkward reunion and an affair, Gatsby hopes Daisy would divorce her husband , Tom Buchanan. Tom Buchanan, a man with plenty extramarital affairs himself, accuses Gatsby of gaining wealth by bootlegging, an illegal business. Later, Daisy who is at the wheel with Gatsby collided into Tom’s mistress fatally. Tom told the husband of Tom’s mistress, George Wilson, that it was Gatsby who meddled with Wilson’s wife’s infidelity, and falsely accused Gatsby as the murderer. Mislead by Tom Buchanan’s deceit and overcame by woe and wrath, George assassinated Gatsby before committing suicide. In the end, Daisy ran off with Tom without not even present at her pursuer’s funeral. Jay Gatsby may seem foolish for the audience because of his blindness towards Daisy’s diaphanous nature, which is a flawless camouflage for her flagitious soul. Yet that is the power of love. Exceptionally effective on someone as naïve and optimistic as the man who gives his name to the novel. He was enraptured, addicted even, by the love in his heart. His dream must’ve seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. Yet he did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere in that vast obscurity of darkness. His optimism rid him of poverty, gave him his a vitality and determination to devoting his life for his passion. However, it also obscured his vision, eventually giving him a melancholy denouement. Daisy Buchanan, on the other hand, may be criticized as a sinister abomination, even more so by comparison to her voluptuous appearance and innocent first impression. Nevertheless, what could she do, facing these consequences? How many people would actually confess a felony when someone is willing to sacrifice instead? It may seem cruel to make your loyal admirer become an expendable scapegoat, yet self-preservation is simply what most would choose. Love may be a pleasurable and fabulous motivation , but it can also be a lethal poison that distort your senses and bring mortality.