Rain Or Snow By Thomas C. Frost

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Hanna Myetich

Mrs. Smith

AP Eng. Lit. Period 3

September 20, 2017

Rain or Shine

Weather was used as a literary technique throughout the novel of Thomas C. Foster. It is not yet explained until the ninth chapter titled “Its More Than Just Rain or Snow”. He begins with a very common line among stories; “It was a dark and stormy night.” This ensures the same response from all readers. Rain can be used to add dramatic effects to a scene which is why we all have the same negative reaction to the phrase. The main idea Foster is trying to explain is that rain never means rain. We sense that rain is always to be associated with negative feelings and or outcomes. Foster explains that there is much more to it.

Rain can be used as a way to show
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This would be the lesser side of snows purpose to literature. It can also be used as a source of hope. Snow actual can be useful if you are to bury yourself in it. It works as an insulator which can be used to give a positive vibe by the written scenes involving it.

We have covered rain and snow. There’s one that has been left out; fog. So far we have been blessed with both rain and snow having negative and positive reflections on the scene. That is not the case with this one. Fog is used to express uncertainty. The thicker the fog the less you can see literally but in a figurative way an author can use it to show a tough decision needing to be made by a character or an undetermined future or path. It can spark fear in the eyes of those surrounded by it. We, being human, re scared of the unknown. Fog is the perfect way to display this lack of knowledge through the use of weather. It blocks the light. We know that all things bad lie within darkness but the problem is that we do not know what specifically is within it. This gives the author a chance to direct the story in a new direction. It is an escape route in a way. Authors can use fog to divert the characters in a different direction which results in an overall change of the plot.

There’s more to weather than just cloudy days. The sun can be used to describe a sort of happiness given off by a character. It can be used to show a positive take on an altered path. You can say that the day went from

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