It's More Than Just Rain or Snow

By: Jackie Geraffo

Ms. Harris
Lake Norman High School
Block 3
Chapter 10

Not Just Another Setting

  • Weather is not just another part of setting in a novel, the author always places it in order to give more depth to the story.
  • The author can do this with all types of weather such as rain, snow, fog, and even rainbows
  • All these different types of weather can be used to portray a variety of things

Rain Storms

  • Can be used to force people into uncomfortable circumstances
  • Changes the atmosphere, makes things
- creates a misery factor
  • " With a little rain and a bit of wind, you can die of hypothermia on the Fourth of July" (Foster76).

Light Rain

  • Clean
  • Can symbolically cleanse a character
  • Transformation: less angry, less confused, more repentant, etc.
  • Or falling in the rain characters can become more stained than before their transformation
  • Gives the lesson be careful what you wish for
  • Can also have a biblical sense

Rain Can Be Restorative

  • Association with spring
  • Brings the world back to life
  • Represents new growth and the the return of the green world
  • Spring is not only for renewal but hope of new awakenings

Mixes With The Sun To Create Rainbows

  • Everyone thinks of the associations rainbows have with pots of gold and leprechauns
  • Major symbol of divine promise, peace between heaven and earth
  • Divine pact between human, nature, and God


  • Authors can use this a literal or figurative fog
  • Also used when a character can not see clearly and is confused about a decision they must make


  • Snow can be used by authors to change the atmosphere of a situation very easily, because snow can be used to make situation:
- Inhospitable
- Inviting
- Playful
- Clean
- Stark
- Severe
- Warm
- Suffocating
- Filthy

Work Cited

Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. New York: Scholastic, 2008. Print

Foster, Thomas. How to Read Literature Like a Professor. New York: Harpercollins, 2003. Print

Sparks, Nicholas. The Notebook. New York: Time Warner Book Group, 1996. Print

Strieber, Whitley. The Day After Tomorrow. New York: Warner Books, Inc, 1994. Print


  • See what type of rain is in the story
  • Then look to see what it is doing for the story in relation to what else is going on