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ClassicNote on The Great Gatsby Short Summary of The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgeralds novel The Great Gatsby is a specific portrait of American society during the Roaring Twenties yet tells the quintessential American story of a man rising from rags to riches only to find that whatever benefits his wealth affords it cannot grant him the privileges of class and status The central character is Jay Gatsby a wealthy New Yorker of an undetermined occupation known mostly for the lavish parties he throws every weekend at his mansion but suspected of being involved in illegal bootlegging and other clandestine activities However the narrator is Nick Carraway a young mid-westerner from a prominent family who came to New York to enter the bond business Carraway is involved in all of the events of the novel yet does not play a significant active role he is only a passive observer When Nick arrives in New York he
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