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.
Rain Quotes in Buried Child
Good hard rain. Takes everything straight down deep to the roots. The rest takes care of itself. You can’t force a thing to grow. You can’t interfere with it. It’s all hidden. It’s all unseen. You just gotta wait til it pops up out of the ground. Tiny little shoot. Tiny little white shoot. All hairy and fragile. Strong though. Strong enough to break the earth even. It’s a miracle, Dodge. I’ve never seen a crop like this in my whole life. Maybe it’s the sun. Maybe that’s it. Maybe it’s the sun.