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by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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What are some quotes from The Great Gatsby that prove that the grand and ornate style of the era is very shallow and a facade for how depressed they all are?

There are many quotations that support the notion that wealth cannot bring true happiness. To an outside observer, the trappings of wealth seem infantile and excessive. Many quotes support this view.

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There are plenty of quotations that support that theme. Here are a few:

In Chapter One, Daisy calls herself "sophisticated," meaning that she has "been everywhere" and knows that "everything's terrible." Nick feels the insincerity of her attitude, but Daisy nevertheless looks at Nick "with an absolute smirk...as if she had asserted her membership in a rather distinguished secret society." It's clear from this passage that Daisy is bored with the privilege her wealth gives her, yet has given herself over, perhaps out of spite, to the exclusivity her economic status allows.

In Chapter Three, Gatsby 's house is described in such a...

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