Great Gatsby Title Page Epigraph

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In the passage from D’Invilliers that appears at the beginning of “The Great Gatsby”, the story of “The Great Gatsby” is an epigraph, summarizing the novel in the simplest way possible. The meaning coming out of this passage and who wrote it greatly shows the reader how shallow the American society really is. F. Scott Fitzgerald put the passage from D’Invilliers, the fictitious author, to expose the world of the superficial relationships that occur and of its misleading people who deceive others for their own pleasure.

In the novel, Gatsby describes Daisy's voice as "full of money." Since Gatsby does not have money, he needs to find an easy method to acquire money quickly. That's when he meets Meyer Wolfshiem, who Gatsby is connected through crime, and gets incredibly rich. Gatsby's thoughts are that his previous social position was not enough and needed wealth. Gatsby has a big mansion, owns boats, and throws parties frequently. This is an illusion of Gatsby being wealthy. But Gatsby is degraded when Tom reveals that Gatsby was a bootlegger. Once revealed, Daisy became so far to reach, just because Gatsby didn’t have the money. In fantasy and thoughts, Gatsby thinks Daisy of many wonderful things such as perfect, charming, and sophisticated. In reality she is actually charming but “they were careless people, Tom and Daisy-they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made." (Nick, The Great Gatsby: page 187-188) Gatsby has been played by Daisy and her enormous greed of money, how she ended up choosing Tom when Gatsby was revealed as a scam.

The superficial relationships that arise between many people in America support the idea of a corrupt world. “If you can bounce high, bounce for her too.” The lines from the passage give the readers a sense of the distorted America, to “bounce.” According to a fellow...
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