Essay about The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

1094 Words May 4th, 2016 5 Pages
Many famous works of literature use weather to emphasize both the importance of the environment while also referencing the internal struggles of characters. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald recounts the story of Jay Gatsby through the eyes of the narrator, Nick Carraway. Nick Carraway tells the story of how he became friends with Gatsby and what was under the mask that Gatsby hid behind. Over the course of the novel, Fitzgerald uses the setting to influence the reader’s perspective of the characters, especially through the weather. Ultimately, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses weather as a recurring motif and symbol to set the tone of the novel and foreshadow character’s actions.
In the first chapter, weather is used in order to establish relationships as well as foreshadow the conflict that occurs later in the story. Within the first pages of the book, Nick describes “the great bursts of leaves growing on trees…[as he] had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer”(4). Nick’s description of the favorable weather represents the promise and hope that lies ahead not only for Nick, but for Gatsby. This is especially true because Gatsby believes that once he became rich and lived in East Egg his life would be perfect. Later in the chapter, when Nick depicts the Buchanan’s house he noted that “A breeze blew through the room, blew curtains at one end and out the other like pale flags, twisting them up toward...the ceiling”(8). Nick’s depiction…

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