Significance Of The Weather In The Great Gatsby

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Weather Representing Emotions Normally weather and emotions are not associated, but throughout the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald makes multiple references comparing the feelings of Jay Gatsby to the weather outside. He uses rain to represent the times of sadness or awkward situations. When those moods uplifted the clouds would break, and the sun would shine. Other times he would use heat to represent times of anger, or tension. The weather always corresponded with the feelings and emotions that Jay Gatsby was feeling at that time, especially during the hotel fight between him and Tom Buchanan, tea time with Daisy Buchanan, and at the end of the book the season corresponds with the death of Gatsby. For instance heat is the main way of portraying the anger and tension among Gatsby and Tom Buchanan during their dispute in chapter seven. While the tension begins to build during the luncheon, Daisy stands up …show more content…

The seasons were changing from summer to fall, and on the day of his death it was said to be a warm day with yellowing trees and falling leaves. He was awaiting a phone call that came too late. So while he floated in this pool unaware that it would be his first and last time, Nick Carraway thinks, “I have an idea that Gatsby himself didn’t believe it would come and perhaps he no longer cared. If that was true he must have felt that he had lost the old warm world, paid a high price for living too long with a single dream. He must have looked up at an unfamiliar sky through frightening leaves and shivered as he found what a grotesque thing a rose is and how raw the sunlight was upon the scarcely created grass” (Fitzgerald 169). The way that Fitzgerald portrayed Gatsby’s death was on the nicest of fall days with sun shining and leaves changing color, which shows the irony of the situation because death represents the exact opposite of those

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