Then, I creeped out of the house, quiet as a church mouse, making sure the old maple door wouldn’t creek. The cold, midnight air shocked me, like a firm slap to the cheek. As I descended into the dark valley, with a thick fog starting to settle over the forest like a warm blanket, I started to get the chills. They rattled down my spine, sounding like an old car’s engine. The wind continued to howl through the ravine, but I kept going.
In F. Scott Fitzgerald 's story "Winter Dreams,” Dexter Green, the protagonist, falls in love with Judy Jones at first sight and decides to pursue her throughout the story. Dexter constantly strives to make Judy his wife but finally realizes it is impossible to possess her. After several years, Dexter hears news about Judy’s faded beauty and feels disillusioned. In the story, Judy is a perfect representation of his “winter dreams.” His “winter dreams” are his desire to pursue a rich life fulfilled by the “glittering things” such as wealth and status. When he realizes the vanity of Judy’s beauty, he also learns the hollow nature in his winter dreams.
Babe the Blue Ox Minnesota Tall Tales -retold by S. E. Schlosser Well now, one winter it was so cold that all the geese flew backward and all the fish moved south and even the snow turned blue. Late at night, it got so frigid that all spoken words froze solid before they could be heard. People had to wait until sun-up to find out what folks were talking about the night before. Paul Bunyan went out walking in the woods one day during that ¨Winter of the Blue Snow¨. He was knee-deep in blue snow when he heard a funny sound between a bleat and a snort.
Furthermore, the locals who take Harker to the castle treat the location with fear and dread. The deeper we read the more we begin to suspect how dangerous and dark this castle truly is because if the castle was otherwise the locals would not be so scared. As Jonathan gets closer to the castle, he feels "a strange chill" and a strong sense of anxiety. Then the wind begins to “blow” and “moan” and the wolves begin to howl in the night. The way Stoker uses the setting in this part of the novel, gives the reader a hint that Jonathan’s journey is not going to end well.
The symbolic aspect of snow in James Joyce 's 'The Dead ' is aloofness and the incapability to know others because every time snow is mentioned in the story, it is in a situation where Gabriel is lonely or has lonely desires. Gabriel also has a withdrawn conduct and notoriety with his family. This made him look to be a man of force and foresight, but two encounters with women at the party challenge his certainty. The first encounter was with Lily and how he crossed the line when he asked her about her love life. He decided not to apologize or explain himself better but ended the conversation by giving her a tip.
In “A Glow in the Dark”, the setting takes place in the countryside, specifically in a forest without any light at close to one in the morning. In “Thank You, Ma’m” the setting takes place in the city and in Mrs. Jones’s kitchenette at elevon o’ clock at night. Paulsen quotes:” It was cloudy and fairly warm--close to fifty--and had rained the night before. Without the moon or even starlight I had no idea where the puddles were until they splashed me—largely in the face—so I was soon dripping wet.” (Paulsen, 322). Hughes quotes: “It was eleven o’clock at night, dark, and she was walking alone, when a boy ran up behind her and tried to snatch her purse.” (Hughes,
In Daniel Woodrell’s novel, Winter’s Bone, the bitter cold of a typical Ozark Winter highlights the harsh and bittersweet lives of the characters in the story. Ree’s quest to find her father interspersed with familial interactions are sharpened by Woodrell’s crafted imagery and descriptions of the merciless winter, and the phenomenal writing which included superb word choice, authentic dialect, and evocative figurative language. In fact, the book would not have the same emotional impact without them. Throughout this finely crafted book, Daniel Woodrell transports the reader to the stark, bleak, and grim reality of the Ozark mountains where the people and the poverty are synonymous. By juxtaposing descriptions of the raw winter and the protagonist Ree Dolly’s bleak life, the reader feels a more intense understanding and connection to the heart-rending plight and events of the characters.
Due to poor transportation, the residents of Starkfield become stuck during the harsh winter, and the majority of the rest of the year in this isolated town. The limited opportunities and lack of choice in Starkfield also hold the characters back, particularly Ethan. Setting influences both the characters attitude and decisions, as well as limiting their lives and the choices they make. The novel takes place in Starkfield, a bleak New England town during the winter months. In fact, the narrator believes that Ethan’s character developed due to the frigid weather and isolation of Starkfield, Massachusetts.
Many see their hometown as wonderful and enjoyable, but in the novel, Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton, the small town of Starkfield, Massachusetts has a sort of weather that makes people who live there, such as Ethan Frome, miserable. In the novel the severe weather in Starkfield serves as the prime purpose for Ethan, Zeena, and Mattie’s horrible demise. He did what he could to find pleasure in his marriage with Zeena, yet he had trouble rediscovering the initial reason for marrying her. Once Mattie came along, her and Ethan started to fall for each other and he became unfaithful in his marriage and eventually it resulted in him sharing his unhappiness with both Mattie and Zeena. Ethan Frome lived in Starkfield his entire life.
Weariness violently battered my heart as the chilly mountain wind raced around me whispering my defeat. Barely crawling, beaten and frustrated, I started to toy with the idea of giving up… I was about to start my journey down the mountain when out of the dark night I heard a voice. It was the strong solid voice of our Youth pastor, Nick, urging me on...“Don’t give up,” he yelled. “Just keep walking, one step at a time. I don’t mind if it’s slow, but just keep walking.” His words re-energized me.