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Chapter 10 - It's More Than Just Rain or Snow

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Transcript of Chapter 10 - It's More Than Just Rain or Snow

How To Read Lierature Like a Professor
Chapter 10 Summary
In literature as a whole, weather is used for more than plot progression. Through use of elements such as fog, rainbows, snow, and rain works of literature gain a much richer meaning through symbolism, foreshadowing, and some other devices that weather play into.
The Scarlet Ibis
By : James Hurst
Warmth, cold, inhospitable, playful, filthy, mysterious, misery, cleanliness physically and Mentally), restorative, hope, confusion
Can cause death.
Water cleanse us like Noah (floods)
Drowning is a human fear
Rain forces people together
Unifies people
Rain falls on everyone no matter what they believe
Rain+Sun=rainbow=Divine Promise
These are few of many symbols which weather could convey. or represen something else then its original form.
Chapter 10 - It's More Than Just Rain or Snow
Christian Ajunanchi
AP English II
Ms. Phillips
October 7, 2013
Step 1 ; Recognizing
How is the author using the weather?
What do the climate symbolize?
Are they negative or positive symbols?
Is the location(settling) revealed?
"Full Text of "John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath : Reader's Guide"" Full Text of "John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath : Reader's Guide" N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Oct. 2013.

Hurst, James. "The Scarlet Ibis." The Scarlet Ibis. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Oct. 2013.

"The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck." Libcom.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Oct. 2013.

The Grapes of Wrath
By: John Steinbeck
"The rain was coming, roaring through the pines, and then, like a bursting Roman candle, a gum tree ahead of us was shattered by a bolt of lightning. When the deafening peal of thunder had died, and in the moment before the rain arrived, I heard Doodle, who had fallen behind, cry out, "Brother, Brother, don't leave me! Don't leave me!"'
The rain that is described as "roaring" evinces a mood of intensity and fear in the story, leading into events that are certainly quite intense and heads towards negative emotion. The lighting striking the tree which causes it's destruction foreshadows the destruction that is soon to arrive.
The huge flood that overtook the family's home, shows the destruction that weather can bring to communities and lives of innocent people. While weather can be a blessing, the terror it invokes in this novel can be related to Foster's description of this powerful force.
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