The Great Gatsby

Lesson 10


Analyze how the filmmaker establishes tone in the film version.

Readings and Materials

Target Task


Writing Prompt

Compare the film version of The Great Gatsby to the novel by identifying and analyzing how tone is developed in the opening scene of each.

Key Questions


  • What is the tone of the opening scene? 

  • What decisions does Baz Luhrmann, the director of the film, make in the opening scene that help to establish the tone?



Students should watch the opening scene of the film. If desired, more scenes of the film can also be used.