In The Great Gatsby, how does Fitzgerald use weather to reflect the mood of the story?
The extreme heat in chapter seven really seems to both reflect and add to the tension felt by the characters, and this certainly affects the mood of the book in similar ways as well. Daisy, for example, lacks perspective on the heat, wondering what they will "'do with [them]selves this afternoon . . . and the day after that, and the next thirty years.'" Jordan points out that "'Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall,'" clearly connected the weather to the tense mood in the room.
Next, Gatsby picks up his drink and speaks with "visible tension" at the Buchanans's house, and they all "drank down nervous gayety" at lunch. At the same time, Daisy is "on the verge of tears" when she cries out that "'it's so hot.'" She also declares that "'It's too hot to fuss'" when Tom bickers with her over cigarettes. The tension rises higher and higher, with the temperature, as the group sets out for the city. Tom has realized that Daisy is cheating on him with Gatsby, and he is angry and...
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