What is the weather like in chapter 5? How does it reflect on the emotional climate of Gatsby and Daisy? I read the chapter and saw all the examples of the weather. I just don't know how the weather...

What is the weather like in chapter 5? How does it reflect on the emotional climate of Gatsby and Daisy?

I read the chapter and saw all the examples of the weather. I just don't know how the weather pertains to the relationship of Gatsby and Daisy. 

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In chapter 5 of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, there is a lot of discussion about the weather. Through most of the day discussed in the chapter, it is nasty and raining. This foreshadows the rainy and tempestuous relationship that will ensue between Gatsby and Daisy. All of the descriptive words Fitzgerald uses regarding the weather carry negative connotations. Specifically, Fitzgerald uses "darkness," "pouring," "damp," "dash," "wet," "puddle," "muddy," "swamps," and "marshes," among other words.

The climate is first mentioned in association with Gatsby’s house. Gatsby is very proud of his...

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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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