The Great Gatsby is leaving the dusty shelves of high school English classrooms and making its way onto the big screen.
Director Baz Luhrmann, who directed other whimsical tales such as Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!, has taken F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic tragedy and brought it to life for a modern audience. The film is sure to be a spectacle, featuring stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan.
We all know and love these timeless characters and their story of jazz and betrayal — the grandiose parties, love affairs and the foreshadowing car — but what would happen if they left the pages of a book and attended a modern day university? Here are the main characters from The Great Gatsby portrayed as college stereotypes:
Meet the party boy with a dark side, the free-spirit and the obnoxious frat guy.
• Jay Gatsby – The party boy with a dark side
This guy is the life of the party. Well, not really the “life” of the party, since he throws the biggest bashes near campus but always manages to sneak away and sulk by himself in the corner. With his shady business dealings, he is the person people go to for a fake ID or some adult beverages if under the age of 21 (hence the interest in chemistry). Despite his mysterious demeanor and bad-boy attitude, Gatsby is definitely a ladies man. He has a crush on the blonde girl in his studio art class — they had a bad breakup, but he will stop at nothing to get her back.
• Nick Carraway – The out-of-state student
Major: Creative writing
Nick is the quintessential “good guy” out-of-state student in your friend group. He just recently bought a new apartment in west campus, er — West Egg. Being from a different state, though, has been taking its toll on Nick. He is quickly getting swept up into the booze and free-living of college life.
• Daisy Buchannan – The free-spirit
Major: Fashion design
Whimsical and aloof, Daisy cares more about the beautiful things in life — money, a nice car, a new Fendi bag — than how others perceive her fickle behavior. Although the object of Gatsby’s affection, Daisy is selfish, routinely studying class Google Docs without contributing. Her parents just bought her a very expensive yellow car, but you don’t want to ride with her behind the wheel. It probably wouldn’t end very well.
• Tom Buchannan – The obnoxious frat guy
Think of the most obnoxious, arrogant and promiscuous visor-wearing frat boy you know — that is Tom. He is the guy who displays empty alcohol bottles on his shelf and talks about how many women he has been with. He even has a maid come clean his dorm room.
• Myrtle Wilson – The naïve freshman
Myrtle, just like a wide-eyed college freshman, cannot seem to catch a break. She isn’t really sure what she wants in life and is caught up in a tragic love triangle. Myrtle is naïve and constantly makes freshman mistakes, like forgetting shower shoes, wearing a high school letterman jacket and not looking both ways before crossing the street — uh-oh, too soon?
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