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Copy of The Great Gatsby: the significance of seasons

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Jennifer Moak

on 4 April 2013

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Transcript of Copy of The Great Gatsby: the significance of seasons

The Significance of Seasons The Great Gatsby KEY: Summer Includes:
Sunshine, light
Summer Language Introduction and its significance 4
Here, summer (as well as sunshine) are used to represent fresh and hopeful new beginnings with Carraway's statement: Outside Connections Summer:
The American Dream "And so with the sunshine...I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer" 14,
Light imagery appears often early in the text to represent the new happy American Dream Nick is in and "Sunshine" keeps appearing early in the text in order to set the mood Nick's American Dream Experience creates The sun keeps shining until Nick begins to recognize New York's imperfections, and the weather and lighting language shifts Fall Language Introduction and its Significance Here, Jordan describes fall to represent the "New Age" that is to come when she says: "And so with the sunshine... life was beginning over again with the summer" "Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall" The 2 Seasons do not appear in the text as much as their sub-groups do- the specific language associated with the seasons serve to represent the same message as the seasons do she's foreshadowing the changes their lives will take come fall:
the new age, the darkness that comes with it when reality sets in 118
"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall" Summer Language Patterns and their Significance Fall Language Patterns and Their Significance Dark imagery appears often in the later text. Fitzgerald introduces the more negative weather imagery including a common pattern of the words "Darkness" and "Shadows" in order to represent the impending doom, and the Downfall of Nick's American dream. Fall:
The Great Depression Shadows: 107, 110, 180
Darkness: 81, 137, 148, 180 Fall includes:
Shadows, darkness
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