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Literary Elements: Setting
Transcript of Literary Elements: Setting
What is it?
The ____ and _____ that a story takes place.
3 Main Elements
to consider to understand how the setting contributes to a story
*Where is the action happening?
(California, another planet, etc.)
(the beach, at a restaurant, etc.)
*When is the story taking place?
(colonial, present, future, etc)
(# 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
What must the audience know about that SOCIETY and how it affects the characters?
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.