The Great Gatsby Questions and Answers
by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby book cover
Start Your Free Trial

In The Great Gatsby, how does Fitzgerald use weather to reflect the mood of the story?

Expert Answers info

Wallace Field eNotes educator | Certified Educator

briefcaseTeacher (K-12)


calendarEducator since 2016

write7,423 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Arts

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...

(The entire section contains 3 answers and 585 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Thomas Mccord eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2010

write2,306 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Bridgett Sumner, M.A. eNotes educator | Certified Educator

briefcaseTeacher (K-12)

bookM.A. from Hofstra University


calendarEducator since 2016

write1,749 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Arts

check Approved by eNotes Editorial