The pathetic fallacy. Are you fooled?

Are you persuaded by the pathetic fallacy?
The ‘pathetic fallacy’ is a term used to describe the way writers employ nature to describe or create a mood.
‘I wandered lonely as a cloud,’ writes Wordsworth… when probably the cloud isn’t lonely at all.
But he is.
And have you noticed how often thrillers reach their climax in the rain and at night?
The writers are using the weather to create a mood. Add some crashing lightning to the scene and we’re under the bed.
Nature is turned into another character in the story, used to create a feeling. (Which is the meaning of ‘pathetic’ in this context.)
Though really, a downpour at night is no more dangerous than a blue sky in June.
We’re just as likely to win the pools in the rain as the sun.
And burglaries are more common in the light than the dark.
Which is why it’s called a ‘fallacy’…it simply isn’t true.
I’m sure you have your favourite weather. But the truth is, we’re more responsible for our mood than the weather.
And if you can start the day with some self-kindness, with what’s good in your life, you might even re-write the story books:
‘She walked to work beneath the cheering clouds and the laughing rain.’