How does the weather in the opening chapter reflect Gene's mood? Please help me out with some of the questions i have for it. I just finished reading the book. How does the weather in the opening...

How does the weather in the opening chapter reflect Gene's mood? 

Please help me out with some of the questions i have for it. I just finished reading the book.

How does the weather in the opening chapter reflect Gene's mood? (before his flashback)

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The rainy weather in the opening section of A Separate Peace serves at least two purposes in the text. 

First, Gene suggests that "anyone could see that it was time to come in out of the rain" after he has been soaked on his walk to the tree by the river. We can read this symbolically. Gene is soaked by the past and it is time for him to make his confession and stop carrying his troubles around with him. Immediately after Gene says that it is time to come out of the rain, the story proper begins. 

Also, Gene takes the same walk through campus at the end of the story after Finny's leg has been broken for the second time. This is where he says that he was not, "never had been and never would be a living part of this overpoweringly solid and deeply meaningful world" of Devon. 

Gene's mood of dark introspection at the opening of the story when he is soaked in his memories and driven to confess his guilt over Finny relates ironically to the sense he has later of being disconnected. Actually, Gene is hopelessly connected to this world and this connection is symbolized by the rain. 

 

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