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Sinclair Ross uses nature for inspiration in his short stories In his story A Field of Wheat he relies heavily upon the forces of nature in the use of setting symbolism of nature characters and conflictSinclair Ross portrays to write about the forces of nature in this short story which is set in Saskatchewan during the Depression Immediately with the word Depression the reader has an image of a place that is dry dusty and dark Sinclair Ross develops this impression with vivid imagery the light was choked and then muffled still distant but charged with resolution climaxing the stillness a slow long brooding heave of thunder Ross 100 This sets the mood as dark and tragic Instantaneously the readers mood is subdued and there is a sense of foreboding As the story progresses the reader gains a better understanding of how Ross develops the connection between nature and human emotions Sinclair Ross uses meaningful words to express the peoples endeavor to make a living from farming and the struggle during the Depression on the prairies Farmers during the Depression had to deal with the power of nature By using symbolism Ross uses different weather changes to connect the peoples moodsThe weather changes have different meanings throughout the story The turbulent weather parallels the emotional lives as it creates conscious fear loss of hope and tragedy for John and Martha She stared into the blackness There it was - the hail again the same white twisting little cloud against the black one just as she had seen it four years ago 101 The reader realizes what is going to happen in the story Pleasant weather such as a calm sunny weather brings harmony with oneself and with others The reader sees great disparity in the thoughts and moods of the characters just as one sees in the weather These thoughts and emotions range from total despair to light-hearted hope gold-capped and flushed in
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