The torrential rain in Buried Child signifies the cleansing of the shame and guilt that hangs over the family. Only in act three, when the family’s secret infanticide is revealed, does the rain cease. In addition, the rain allows the long-dead crops grow, suggesting that as Dodge becomes able to admit his guilt, the family can finally experience some sort of peace or renewal.
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...him from upstairs, suggesting that Dodge take some medicine. From upstairs, Halie describes the torrential rain outside and blames it for Dodge’s ills. Dodge ignores her, takes another drink, and lights... (full context)