When the ash from erupting volcanoes first appears in the air, turning the sky a murky gray, Miranda is relieved because it obscures the moon and wistfully writes in her journal, “I’m glad I don’t have to see it anymore. I can pretend it’s not there and if it isn’t, maybe things will get back to normal.” But instead of things getting better, the ash cloud makes things worse, as temperatures plummet and crops die off from lack of sunlight. The ash cloud represents dreariness and a loss of hope. It is a physical manifestation of the bleak chances of the characters’ survival.
The Ash Cloud Quotes in Life as We Knew It
Maybe we’ll be lucky. Maybe something good will happen that we can’t imagine just now. But we have to prepare for the worst. You and I and Matt and Jonny have to prepare for the worst. We have to assume frosts in August. We have to assume no power and no food coming and no gas for the car and no oil for the furnace. Up till now we’ve been playacting survival, but from now on we have to take it seriously.