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"It's More Than Just Rain or Snow"
Transcript of "It's More Than Just Rain or Snow"
"It's More Than Just Rain or Snow" Questions
Foster says "weather is never just weather". What are some things rain can represent in literature?
What does a rainbow represent in literature?
What does For represent in literature?
What does snow represent in literature? Weather Weather is more important than just a setting. We will discuss how
Rain, Snow, Rainbows, and Fog are used in literature. Rain Rain is important because it is always trying to wipe things out.Floods and storms come and destroy everything in its path.
Example: The story of Noah
The story of Noah is about massive floods, water covering the entire earth, and storms destroying all made made items. Rain symbolizes Drowning and drowning is one of humans biggest fears and the destructon of everything magnifies that fear. Also rain prompts ancestral memories. Thomas Hardy "The Three Strangers" (1883)
-three men (a condemned man, and the escapee's brother gets forced together inside a shepherds during a christening party house by rain. This example uses rain to create irony were the three characters are forced to seek shelter and end up being in a very uncomfortable situation. Why is Rain used? 1.) Plot device
Rain changes the plot and the story line
ex. Rain forces the men together in a very bad and uncomfortable situation.
Rain can change the caracters attitudes and can be mysterious some times.
Rain can have more of an affect on a charachter than any other element.
ex. Hardy uses rain to make the characters lives more miserable 3.) A democratic element
Rain falls on the just and the unjust alike.
ex. in the story both the hangman and the condemned man are forced to be together and bond becasue the rain made them seek shelter Other things rain can do Rain is clear
A character can be cleansed and transformed by having him go through the rain to go anywhere. The character can more knowledgeable, less angry and more repentant. Symbolically stains that were previously there are now gone.
A Character can go through rain a become symbolically stained because rain creates mud and come out even worse than before. Book ex. Song of Solomon
A man named Milkman breaks up with a women named Hagar for another who he is more interested in. Hagar then spends a whole day buying clothes, jewelry and accessories in order to try to turn herself into the person she thinks Milkman would be atracted to. She then gets caught in a rainstorm and her clothes and her image is destroyed. But the rain cleanses her allusions of worrying about her image. Rain can be restorative Rain can bring the World back to life and create growth (April Showers and May brings flowers.) Rain is the principle element of spring. Spring is the season a renewal, hope and awakening
In The story Of Noah, God floods the earth a d wipes out all of creation except the animals and people on the ark. After the storm has passed people are able to walk on land and restart everything. Rainbows When Noah came of the ark God created a rainbow witch is a promise from God that He will never flood the whole earth.
Rainbows symbolize peace between God and the earth and always comes after a rainstorm. In Elizabeth Bishop's Poem "the Fish" where she states that "everything/ was rainbow, rainbow, rainbow" is about a divine agreement between heaven and earth. Rainbows are uncommon and they are hard not to recognize them. A Farewell to Arms After a man's wife dies of childbirth, the man goes out into the rain which symbolizes life giving. Rain is an agent of new life and restoration because it is associated with spring. Fog Fog signals confusion and mystery in a story. Heavy, persistent fog is not something that tends to lift spirits and brighten faces. In a story, fog may even serve as a symbol of oppression, confusion and misery. Fog can be used to trick and suggest that people can not see clearly.
"Henry Green uses a heavy fog to gridlock London and Strand his wealthy travelers in a hotel in Party Going."
The example shows that the fog is mental and physical. Snow Snow is similar to rain because they are both clean, dangerous, inviting, and playful.
In "The Pedestrian Kid" a large blizzard wipes out everything and brings with it death.
In "The Snow Man" snow is used to create abstract though about nothingness. Bibliography Foster, Thomas C. How to Read Literature like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading between the Lines. New York: Quill, 2003. Print. TheRedickduke. "Holes - Rain Scene." YouTube. YouTube, 08 July 2012. Web. 20 Sept. 2012. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7SQkQ6CXxo>. Golden, Pam. "Symbolism in Literature." Scribd. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Sept. 2012. <http://www.scribd.com/doc/6472314/Symbolism-in-Literature>. "What Is Symbolism in Literature." - Life123. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Sept. 2012. <http://www.life123.com/parenting/education/children-reading/what-is-symbolism-in-literature.shtml>.