Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby can arguably be said to be one of the greatest Literary works of the 20th century. Much of the effectiveness of the novel lies in the use of imagery and symbolism, which permeates through its entirety. Critical praise for Jack Clayton's 1974 film adaptation has not been as abundant, at least not in the same circles.
As with most literary adaptations, a comparison of the film and the original text is exceedingly difficult.
The film focuses only on the surface of the story, thus losing the depth of the book. However, through its own methods the film does deal with some of the central themes of the novel, such as Class, the Jazz Age, and the American Dream.