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English 11 - the most dangerous game (atmosphere + setting)
Transcript of English 11 - the most dangerous game (atmosphere + setting)
By : Elnaz, Blaine, and Claire
Setting and Atmosphere
The Atmosphere of the story is the feeling the reader gets about the story based on the details that the author uses in the story. The reader will often subconsciously pick up on the atmosphere by the description of the background and the setting.
There are two different moods that we sense as the reader
Overall atmosphere of suspense that ran throughout the whole story
Underlying mood of unease, anxiety and dread that was prominently seen during certain parts throughout the story
For a moment the general did not reply; he was smiling his curious red-lipped smile. Then he said slowly, "No. You are wrong, sir. The Cape buffalo is not the most dangerous big game." He sipped his wine. "Here in my preserve on this island," he said in the same slow tone, "I hunt more dangerous game."
"I wanted the ideal animal to hunt," explained the general. "So I said, `What are the attributes of an ideal quarry?' And the answer was, of course, `It must have courage, cunning, and, above all, it must be able to reason."'
Rainsford held his breath. The general's eyes had left the ground and were traveling inch by inch up the tree. Rainsford froze there, every muscle tensed for a spring. But the sharp eyes of the hunter stopped before they reached the limb where Rainsford lay; a smile spread over his brown face. Very deliberately he blew a smoke ring into the air; then he turned his back on the tree and walked carelessly away, back along the trail he had come. The swish of the underbrush against his hunting boots grew fainter and fainter.
Quotes - Relating to the Atmosphere
The time and location in which a story takes place is called the setting. For some stories the setting is very important, while for others it is not. There are several aspects of a story's setting to consider when examining how setting contributes to a story
a) place - geographical location. Where is the action of the story taking place?
b) time - When is the story taking place? (historical period, time of day, year, etc)
c) weather conditions - Is it rainy, sunny, stormy, etc?
d) social conditions - What is the daily life of the characters like? Does the story contain local colour (writing that focuses on the speech, dress, mannerisms, customs, etc. of a particular place)?
e) mood or atmosphere - What feeling is created at the beginning of the story? Is it bright and cheerful or dark and frightening?
Quotes- Relating to the setting
1)...his first thought was that he had come upon a village, for
there were many lights. But as he forged along he saw to his great astonishment that all the lights were in one enormous building--a lofty structure with pointed towers plunging upward into the gloom. His eyes made out the shadowy outlines of a palatial chateau...
2)The island is perfect for my purposes--there are jungles with a maze of traits in them, hills, swamps--
3)...even you can't see four miles or so through a moonless Caribbean night.