A Gatsby theme is defined as a theme which makes use of a classic American hero for any number of scenes in which he is central: the family, the love affair, or a scene of action. The theme may be a story within a story such as “The Little Engine That Could,” a film with a theme of family or a scene in which the Gatsby is the main character. The theme is an easy place to start, since all of the classic scenes are already within their theme. Many people have tried a theme of family, and it’s a great idea: A father-son relationship (The Little Engine that Could), a family tragedy (The Deer Hunter), or a family feud (The Godfather), for example. While the characters themselves are not directly connected to the themes, the theme gives the viewer the sense that they are.
But what about the whole family theme?
In The Great Gatsby, the whole family of characters – the Gatsbys, the Mitchells, the Trumps, the Mellons etc. – are all connected with their roots to their father, and the themes are very strong. Although these are not only the core themes, they are the most important of the core themes of a film. For The Great Gatsby, the theme is not the family.
So what do we do when we start writing such a theme?
There are two main methods:
(1) Create a theme in the narrative that the main character in his story lives on a regular basis (such as his own family)
(2) Create a “universal theme,” which describes the “life of the Gatsby” wherever he goes (such as home, office, restaurant, family, or town)
It’s important to understand, though, that we cannot change the primary themes in a film like these. Each of the Gatsby movies are very different from each other, and they will never be the same. To really take a Gatsby theme and push it as far as it will go is an artist’s creative endeavor that will take forever and which no one but the most talented can undertake.
So what should a theme do within a script?
The great Gatsby is set in 1920 and follows a man of simple tastes. He is a man who is obsessed with American style – no matter where the style comes from — and with his own sense of taste (“I would wear blue jeans and a