Why does F. Scott Fitzgerald mention "Mendelssohn's Wedding March" in Chapter 7 of The Great Gatsby?

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This occurs the day that Nick, Jordan, Gatsby, Tom and Daisy go into New York City and take a hotel suite; the wedding march is playing downstairs, and causes Daisy to feel nostalgic for the day that she married Tom.  She remembers the same wedding song, and she remembers that it was very hot that day, much as it is hot this day that the group goes into town.  There is also a certain sad irony, because Daisy is in the hotel with her husband and the man she probably loves more, Jay Gatsby; yet there will never be a wedding march for Jay and Daisy, despite his continued efforts to win her over.  A wedding song such as this is supposed to herald a new beginning for a bride and groom, but in this case, it is getting close to an inauspicious end for Gatsby while Daisy is going to reconcile with Tom by the end of the day. 


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