Great Gatsby: Weather Effects Hope

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Jack Ziebert
Mr. Costa
American Literature
2 February 2012
Raining Hope
Rain, snow, and sun force people to adapt their lives. Weather can be a powerful symbol of emotion and passion. Writers and authors draw from the natural wonders to enhance their literature. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses weather to symbolize hope in the main character, Jay Gatsby. Gatsby had a small chance of being with Daisy, his love, because of his poor ancestry. In the novel, pleasant weather represents hope in Daisy and Gatsby’s relationship, while inclement weather represents despair in their relationship. Fitzgerald uses the weather to portray Gatsby’s hope for Daisy and Gatsby.

When Gatsby and Daisy meet after not seeing each other for five years, the weather portrays how the hope of their relationship grows. Before Gatsby reunites with Daisy for the first time, he feels nervous and excited at the same time. His feelings are similar to a rainstorm. A rainstorm tends to be dense and mysterious, but when lightning strikes, the storm becomes exciting. At the same time Daisy and Gatsby share their feelings, and began to talk to each other, the rainstorm stops. “He smiled like a weather man , like an ecstatic patron of recurrent light, and repeated the news to Daisy. ‘It’s stopped raining’” (Gatsby 89). Coincidentally, the rainfall stops when Gatsby engages Daisy in conversation. After it stops raining, Daisy, Nick, and Gatsby walk over to Gatsby’s house. As Gatsby impresses Daisy with his magnificent mansion, Daisy sees a glimpse of good weather coming in the near future. “The rain was still falling but the darkness had parted, and there was a pink and golden billow of foamy clouds above the sea.”... “I’d like to just get on one of those pink clouds and put you in it and push” (94). The image of the storm parting with the pink and golden clouds forming shows a chance of pleasant weather could come in the near future. As the weather shifts throughout...
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