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Where can a story take you?

The role of setting in literary work and how it enhances characterization
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Eliz Al

on 25 October 2010

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Transcript of Where can a story take you?

Where can a story take you? "...The Hunter's Moon waxed round in the night sky, and put to flight all the lesser stars.
But low in the South one star shone red. Every night, as the Moon waned again, it shone brighter and brighter. Frodo could see it from his window, deep in the heavens, burning like a watchful eye that glared above the trees on the brink of the valley."

The Fellowship of the Ring
"The Fellowship's Farewells" Setting is not simply limited to place. When reading, ask yourself... "What is the role of setting in the story?" Physical World
-What kind of universe is the story located in?
-Where does each scene take place?
-How real does the world appear to be? Time Period
-What historical period does the story take place in?
-What specific time periods are emphasized in the story (time of day in scene, etc.)?
-What are the long-term time periods (seasons, etc.)? What Can Be Concluded? A Hobbit's Tale Social Environment
-How is "normal" defined in the scope of the story?
-What is considered acceptable or possible? -How are the characters affected by...
-The place?
-The time period?
-The social norms?
-The surroundings of their current placement?

-How does the author feel about these aspects of the work? Details
-What details does the author give about a setting's look, feel, or surroundings?
-How many details are given (simple or elaborate)?
-Who else is present in the scene; how does that shape the setting? To answer the question, we must look deeper into the work. A setting is not simply a place. ...if you look between the lines. "Inside Bag End, Bilbo and Gandalf were sitting at the open window of a small room looking out west on to the garden. The late afternoon was bright and peaceful. The flowers glowed red and golden: snap-dragons and sun-flowers, and nasturtiums trailing all over the turf walls and peeping in at the round windows."

The Fellowship of the Ring
"A Long Expected Party" A strong place and wonderful was Isengard, and long it had been beautiful. But Saruman had slowly shaped it to his shifting purposes, and made it better, as he thought, being deceived-for all those arts and subtle devices, for which he forsook his former wisdom, and which fondly he imagined were his own, came but from Mordor; so that what he made was naught, only a little copy, a child's model or a slave's flattery, of that vast fortress, armoury, prison, furnace of great power, Barad-dûr, the Dark Tower, which suffered no rival, and laughed at flattery, biding its time, secure in its pride and its immeasurable strength. "Sam, however, had no objection to rabbit at all, and said so. At least not to cooked rabbit. All hobbits, of course, can cook, for they begin to learn the art before their letters (which many never reach): but Sam was a good cook, even by hobbit reckoning, and he had done a good deal of the camp-cooking on their travels, when there was a chance. He still hopefully carried some of his gear in his pack...But he needed a fire, and other things besides."

The Two Towers
"Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit" "Even as Frodo spoke he felt a great malice bent upon him, and a deadly regard considering him. Not far down the tunnel, between them and the opening where they had reeled and stumbled, he was aware of eyes growing visible, two great clusters of many-windowed eyes - the coming menace was unmasked at last. The radiance of the star-glass was broken and thrown back from their thousand facets, but behind the glitter a pale deadly fire began steadily to glow within...kindled in some deep pit of evil thought. Monstrous and abominable eyes they were, bestial and yet filled with purpose and with hideous delight, gloating over their prey trapped beyond all hope of escape."

The Two Towers
"Shelob's Lair" "Now at last they turned their faces to the Mountain and set out, thinking no more of concealment, bending their weariness and failing wills only to the one task of going on. In the dimness of its dreary day few things even in that land of vigilance could have espied them, save from close at hand. Of all the slaves of the Dark Lord, only the Nazgûl could have warned him of the peril that crept...But the Nazgûl and their black wings...were gathered far away... and thither the thought of the Dark Tower was turned."

The Return of the King
"Mount Doom" It is the physical and psychological environment of a character. You'll be able to fully understand setting and its effects...
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