The Great Gatsby

in chapter 2 of the great gatsby

3. What effect does the fact that the narrator says he was drunk that afternoon and that everything was “dim and hazy” have on the story and on the way he described things? How do these scenes reflect the era?

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This is the roaring 20's, a time of excess, indulgence and splendor. Being drunk with nothing but time and money seems to be a natural way of living for the filthy rich. It is through this distorted lens that Nick sees the much distorted reality of the lives of these people.