The Significance of Weather in Literature
In many different books and movies weather is an important factor. It helps to set the mood and the scene. The weather can also reflect the moods of the characters. When people are joyful its sunny, flowers are blooming, and the birds are always chirping. When the characters are angry or there’s a killer in the story it’s always dark and raining with thunder and lightning. Weather is first introduced in chapter five. Nick has tea at his house and invites Daisy as a favor to Gatsby. On the day of tea it begins to rain and it continues throughout the day. It doesn’t start to pour it just remains a constant drizzle. I think that this represents Gatsby’s nervousness of finally being able to reunite with Daisy, his only love who is now married and has a child. Daisy finally arrives and the rain continues. Gatsby tries hard to impress her and Daisy remains speechless. I think the rain represents the tension between the two of them and the problems and changes in their lives. Nick left and when he returned Gatsby and Daisy were having a good time. The rain also stopped and the sun came out. This weather change shows the mood shift in the novel. Another example occurs in chapter six. In the begging of this chapter we learn about Gatsby’s previous life. We find out that Gatsby was known as James Gatz and he inherited his money from a man named Dan Cody who he met when he rowed out to his yacht to warn him of the storm. This storm represents the change that’s coming in Gatsby’s life. He became a good friend of Cody’s. He got a new name, new personality, and Cody’s money which greatly changed his life. Chapter seven of “The Great Gatsby” takes place on the hottest day of the year. This weather pattern has two connections between the climate and the plot of the story. This was the day that...
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