The Function of Sound.

In an interview with Wayne Pashley, the sound design of The Great Gatsby (2013) was to protect Fitzgerald– “Basically there were two authentic approaches as described in the book. One was the truth of New York back in 1922, which was a progressive city, full of life, a city of construction. Buildings were going up faster than any other city in the world. Then there was the Long Island set which were the old rich; a sort of the palatial escape” (Farley, 2013).

The sound used in The Great Gatsby (2013) had to reflect Nick Carraway’s point of view of the world. The music used in the movie had a twist of modern flare (with artists like, Fergie, and Jay Z) but also had the 1920’s feel to it. “The background music grabs us by the collar and forces us to sit up in our seats; it demands our attention, drawing us in from practically the first note” (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2014). In this particular film the “score” of the film was the sounds of New York City and the 1920’s fans. Sound was a huge part in making the setting of the 1920’s in this film (Farley, 2013).

The dialogue in this film was used to reflect the 1920’s theme of the film. Speech and dialogue were used to reflect the character’s social status. Most of them are well-educated, and though Gatsby holds high social status, his speech does not reflect that. This is something that Nick Carraway points out by observing his use of “elaborate formalities” (

The overall sound of the movie reflected the 1920’s in New York very well. Although they decided to mix in a little bit of modern music into the film, it was clear what time and setting you were in.


Farley, S. (2013). Interview with Wayne Pashley. Retrieved from

Goodykoontz, B., & Jacobs, C. P. (2014). Film: From watching to seeing (2nd ed.). San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

MOVIES Coming Soon (2013). The Great Gatsby Movie Clip- You Must Know Gatsby (2013). Retrieved from (2014). Tools of Characterization: The Great Gatsby by John Fitzgerald. Retrieved from


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