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Chapter 5 What is the weather like in this chapter? How does it reflect on the...

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zachlisztomania | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

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Chapter 5

What is the weather like in this chapter? How does it reflect on the emotional climate of Gatsby and Daisy?

I read the chapter and i saw all the examples of the weather. I just don't know how the weather pertains to the relationship of Gatsby and Daisy. Thanks for answering, if you do.

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mstultz72 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 4, 2010 at 12:21 AM (Answer #1)

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The rain can be read two ways:

1) as a purgation (outpour/downpour) of emotion: this is what Gatsby feels and expects Daisy to feel, but the date/reunion is awkward, a bit anticlimactic.

2) as a link and a way back to the past. Fitzgerald says in chapter 9:

“tomorrow we will run faster, stretch our arms out father… so we beat on, boats against the current, born back ceaselessly into the past.”

Chapter 5 is the turning point / fulcrum of the novel: it's in the middle for a reason.  In chapter 5, Gatsby wants to get in his little boat and travel back on the sea of history into the past.

 

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 4, 2010 at 12:15 AM (Answer #2)

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This is one of the coolest elements of chapter 5. As Nick and Gatsby are getting ready, even as Daisy is driving up, it is pouring rain. Great directors use rain in their movies to show great trouble or problems or even irresolution. At this point of downpour, Daisy has no idea why she is coming to see Nick, and the past of her relationship with Gatsby was indeed problematic.

While Daisy and Gatsby are alone, something gets resolved... it takes some working through because Nick is outside in the rain during this time for half an hour. It takes that long for Gatsby to pursue Daisy and work through these things... Then, the rain breaks and Nick goes back in. He can tell something has happened positively although Daisy is crying.

The break in the rain and clearing up symbolizes that they have finished working through these things and everything is now okay.

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Doug Stuva | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 4, 2010 at 12:47 AM (Answer #3)

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In short, the weather in chapter five of The Great Gatsby reflects the meeting after so many years of Gatsby and Daisy. 

The rain mucks up a muddled day.  Preparations are hectic and Gatsby is nervous.  Streets are wet, puddles abound.  After Gatsby knocks on the front door and Nick opens it, Gatsby is standing in a puddle of water, hands in pockets, "glaring tragically" into Nick's eyes.

After Nick leaves the two alone for awhile, when he returns, Gatsby is beaming and the rain has stopped.  He is elated after his one-on-one time with Daisy, and the weather has cleared up.

Again, then, the rain reflects Gatsby's shyness, nervousness, apprehension, and self-consciousness, and the clearing up of the weather reflects the clearing up of Gatsby's mind concerning Daisy.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 4, 2010 at 12:11 AM (Answer #4)

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In this chapter, there is very heavy rain during the first part of the meeting between Daisy and Gatsby.  Then, after about half an hour, the sun comes out.  I think this is sort of a metaphor for the way things are going between the two of them.

At first, things are very awkward and neither of them feels comfortable.  This is reflected in the rain --it's gloomy.

But then they get comfortable with each other. They are acting more warmly towards one another by the time that Nick comes back.  This is reflected by the sun coming out and the weather being nice.

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kristinasarr | Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 4, 2010 at 1:20 AM (Answer #5)

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In chapter 5, it is raining.  It is raining hard.  Let's think about rain.  Rain can symbolize sadness; it can also symbolize spring, growth, feeding the flowers to grow, new life.  It symblozes opposites.  Diasy and Gatsby used to love each other but they were opposites: her rich, him poor.  Her upper class, him not so much.  Now they are reuiniting for the first time in years.  She is married, he is seeking her.  Is it to be a love reborn?  Is it a sad day for something that will never work?  I think it symbolises the possible realities that could be in the future of the book.  It is not foreshadowing what will happen but I see it as showing possibilities. 

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