What are five significant quotes dealing with the weather in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby?

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annetl eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One quote that would be worth using:

And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer. (Chapter I, pg. 4)

Another quote that is worth considering is when Nick goes to the Buchanans' house for the first time and a breeze is blowing through the room until Tom shuts the windows:

A breeze blew throught he room, blew curtains in at one end and out the other like pale flags, twisting them up toward the frosted wedding-cake of the ceiling, and then rippled over the wine-colored rug, making a shadow on it as wind does on the sea. (Chapter I, pg. 8)

And then on the hot day when the group goes to the hotel to escape the heat, the description of the heat segues the discussion from the weather to marriage:

As Tom took up the receiver the compressed heat exploded into sound and we were listening to the portentous chords of Mendelssohn's Wedding March from the ballroom below.

"Imagine marrying anybody in this heat!" cried Jordan dismally. (Chapter VII, pg. 127)

And one description of the weather references the day Gatsby last spent with Daisy before he left for war:

On the last afternoon before he went abroad, he sat with Daisy in his arms for a long, silent time. It was a cold fall day, with fire in the room and her cheeks flushed. (Chapter VIII, pg. 150)

And for a final quote, a description of the day on which Gatsby tells Nick that he think Daisy never loved Tom, despite what she said just the day before:

It was dawn now on Long Island and we went about opening the rest of the windows downstairs, filling the house with gray-turning, gold-turning light. The shadow of a tree fell abruptly across the dew and ghostly birds began to sing among the blue leaves. There was a slow, pleasant movement int he air, scarcely a wind, promising a cool, lovely day. (Chapter VIII, pg. 152)

Hope these help you key into a few places where Fitzgerald uses the weather to indicate the mood of the characters or events, or perhaps the tone of the day for the characters and their lives. Great question!

favoritethings eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the chapter where Daisy and Gatsby are reunited for that terribly awkward tea at Nick's house, there are a great many references to the weather. Nick says that "The day agreed upon was pouring rain." Gatsby says that one of the local papers said that the rain is supposed to stop by 4:00 p.m., just the time of Daisy's projected arrival.

When she does arrive, Gatsby runs out the back door so that he can come to the front door and pretend he's only just arrived. When Nick opens the door for him, "Gatsby, pale as death, with his hands plunged like weights in his coat pockets, was standing in a puddle of water, glaring tragically into [his] eyes." The terrible weather seems to echo Gatsby's agony. He is, at once, nervous and excited and overwhelmed and terrified. He's been waiting so long for this reunion that the feelings seem to take him over.

However, once he and Daisy begin to talk openly to one another, Nick notices that "the sun shone again," (as he has gone outside to give them some privacy). He says, "While the rain continued it had seemed like the murmur of their voices, rising and swelling a little now and then with gusts of emotion." He compares their emotions, here, directly to the weather. Once the air between Gatsby and Daisy clears, so does the weather.

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