Weather And Time Of The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay examples

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Weather in The Great Gatsby

The weather and time of day affect the mood of a scene by associating emotions with them. The writing of The Great Gatsby frequently uses weather to describe a situation to intentionally cause and change the mood at any certain time. Daytime and sun are generally seen as positive, and so often lead to positive events. On the opposing side, nighttime, clouds, and rain are often seen as negative, and therefore may lead to death, pain, secrets, and betrayal. There are exceptions to this, but exceptions often also have different sets of language associated with them to paint them as opposite. Even without the assistance of mentioned weather, words themselves hold a positive or negative tone, and tying them into the time and sky of the scene strengthens the vividness of the passage overall.

It is frequently sunny during the book’s events, since it takes place during summer in New York. Summer and sun often represent freedom, discovery of new things, and harmless fun. In the beginning, moving into West Egg, Nick Carraway observes “the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees,” thinking that from then on “life was beginning over again with the summer” (4). Spring is generally considered the birth of new life rather than Summer, which made it seem an interesting choice of season, but both are frequently sunny. The sun is considered here to be a renewal and helper of life, allowing the trees to grow and for Nick to try and start his…

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