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How to Read Literature Like a Professor: Chapter 20 - So Does Season
Transcript of How to Read Literature Like a Professor: Chapter 20 - So Does Season
AP English IV
4th Period Chapter Summary: Every emotion and age has a season.
Every character's personality has a season and can take on attributes of certain months.
Spring: Childhood, Youth, Newness
Summer: Adulthood, Romance, Passion
Fall: Middle-age, Tiredness, Harvest
Winter: Old-age, Resentment, Death These meanings are so deeply ingrained into our culture that we already know them.
Authors use seasons to create irony, contrast, and feeling in their pieces. Works Used: Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald "After the funeral, when he saw her preparing to go away, he was seized with an unreasoning dread of being left alone on the farm; and before he knew what he was doing he had asked her to stay there with him. He had often thought since that it would not have happened if his mother had died in spring instead of winter" (Wharton 62). Ethan Frome - Winter From the moment his mother died, Ethan Frome constantly looks back on the day he asked Zeena to stay with him. Because of the isolation, loneliness, and despair that come along with winter months, Ethan Frome's decision to have Zenobia stay with him continues to fill him with regret up until the end of the novel, mirrored in the forever frozen setting. Zeena is his true winter, bringing pain and ironic loneliness in his cold, desolate marriage with her. Zeena's cold touch seems to bring a withering pain and arid death from being alive to Ethan Frome and those close to him. "The lights grow brighter as the earth lurches away from the sun, and now the orchestra is playing... Laughter is easier by the minute, spilled with prodigality... The party has begun" (Fitzgerald 41). The Great Gatsby - Summer Fitzgerald creates a passionate atmosphere of indulgence, that reflects the common meaning of the summer season. For Gatsby summer reflects life changes, as well as the beginning of his romance with Daisy. This in essence establishes that just as that summer where the love between Gatsby and Daisy began was important, so is this one. The season of summer suggests a scene of youthful spontaneity rich with romantic opportunity as he attempts to attract the attention of his first love.