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Andy asked in Arts & HumanitiesPhilosophy · 9 years ago

what does pouring rain symbolize in movies, shows, or books?

I always see pouring rain in either romantic scenes or sad/depressed scenes. why?

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  • 9 years ago
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    As a foreshadowing technique, rain or pouring rain is often use to create a sense of foreboding, or impending disaster.

    It can also be used to create the impression of an overwhelming deluge, or irresistible force.

    Or it is useful for just providing a dreary back drop which can subtly endear us to a character or circumstance (we can empathize with the cat stuck out in the rain for example).

  • 9 years ago

    Rain can mean so many different things.

    Depending on the movie / show / book and its setting, rain could mean despair and hopelessness, a new beginning, and/or disaster.

    What I mean is:

    As popularised by British/Irish poets rain is used to convey the despairing feelings of the mourning family and friends of the deceased. (like tears running from an eye, among other things)

    In many cultures where rain is a very rare and precious thing, rain can mean the absolute definition of living and the continuation of a way of life.

    It can also be seen as the life-giver to the drought-ridden, or the end of salvation to those to whom a flood will bring the end of days.

    Rain, as a technique in literature, can help to describe Spring, Summer, or Winter. (Not Autumn interestingly)

  • 9 years ago

    Maybe it symbolizes tears of joy in romantic scenes or tears of sorrow in sad/depressed scenes. In dreams, rain, supposedly, symbolizes cleansing or a new beginning.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Rain probably brings things to a stop - like people don't want to go outside. So this means that the people actually THINK about stuff - thus having Deep Thoughts.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Dramatic emotion*

  • 9 years ago

    It is not a philosophical matter. Try the "Performing Arts", "Movies", "Visual Arts" or "Books and Authors" forums.

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