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Weather in "The Great Gatsby"

Chapter Five

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Rain and Tea Just Don't Mix

Rain cloud

In chapter five, the element of weather is first introduced to the novel. Nick, because of Gatsby’s wishes, holds a tea and invites Daisy. On the day of the tea, a rainstorm begins and continues throughout the day. The rain is just that annoying, constant drizzle, with no thunder or lightning. This rain represents Gatsby’s nervousness of reuniting with Daisy. After many years of being away from his only love, who is now married, Gatsby’s is anxious of her arrival.

When Daisy finally arrives at the tea, there is much tension between the two of them. They felt very awkward meeting each other for the first time in many years. Gatsby tries to impress her, while she doesn’t know what to say. Outside, the rain continues to pour down. The drizzle in this case therefore represents the tensions between Daisy and Gatsby. The weather emphasizes the problems and changes in both of their lives. It is used to set the mood of this part of the story.

Highway and wildflowers

 Nick leaves the tea for a few hours, so the narration jumps in time. When he returns, he finds Gatsby and Daisy enjoying each other’s company. They are talking about their pasts as if there were never any problems. At this point in the tea the rain had stopped and the sun had come out. This weather shift represents the mood shift in the novel. When Gatsby and Daisy’s relationship cleared up so did the weather. Again Fitzgerald uses the weather to set the mood.

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