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Transcript of Setting
In "Story of an Hour" and "A & P"
"Story of an Hour"
•Historical: takes place when travel was still mainly by trains-during the author's era (late 1800’s) and when women did not have as may rights as their husbands. Consider how marriage was different then it is today.
•Geographical: Do we know as reader’s where this takes place? Is it necessary to the plot to know the exact location?
•Physical: takes place in a house and Louise Mallard’s bedroom
The setting foreshadows the freedom that Mrs. Mallard thinks she will experience upon her husband's death. Look back to Week 2 Recap.
"A & P"
-Historical context establishes a social, cultural, economic, and political environment.
-A reader needs to know the time period to fully understand the story.
-What is the time of day?
-Does the story take place inside or out-of-doors?
-What is the weather like?
-Establishes a historical, geographical, and physical location
-The use of setting varies from story to story.
-The setting is usually established primarily through description though narration is used also
-Readers need to know where it takes place, the location, in order to fully understand the story.
Atmosphere & Mood
Physical attributes combine to create a story’s atmosphere or mood.
•Historical: takes place around the 1960’s.
•Geographical: Small town north of Boston
•Physical: inside the local A & P, grocery store. This aspect of to story makes it shocking to Sammy and the others because the girls were in bathing suits inside the grocery store not near any beach.