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Literary Elements: Setting

The 3 main elements of setting

Stacey Cauley

on 10 March 2015

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Transcript of Literary Elements: Setting

3.Social Conditions
What is it?
The ____ and _____ that a story takes place.
There are
3 Main Elements
to consider to understand how the setting contributes to a story
*Where is the action happening?
*Geographic location
(California, another planet, etc.)

*Physical location

(the beach, at a restaurant, etc.)
*When is the story taking place?
*Time Period
(colonial, present, future, etc)

*Time Span
(# of hours or days, time of day, season, weather, etc)
*Time Span - How long does the action take place over - a day, a year, several?
*Ex: Great Depression, Civil War, Early 2000's, 1995-1996, July 2011, Week of October 10th, 7th Hour Science
*Societal Norms:
What must the audience know about that SOCIETY and how it affects the characters?

*Daily Life/Customs:
What are the DAILY lives of the characters like? How do people dress, eat, behave, live, etc.
*Consider for example:
Wealth, occupation, speech, general health, housing, education, government, customs, moral values of society, etc.
SEASON (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) and WEATHER
Sometimes the social environment is
unimportant and others times it is
very important to understanding the story.
When the action is happening in multiple physical locations, it's not necessary to describe all of them. Generalize.
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