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Setting in Literature

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on 2 October 2014

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Setting in Literature

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Setting is the historical time and place and the social circumstances that create the world in which characters act and make choices.
Geographic location- landscape, scenery, room layout, buildings, stage set or design; the physical dimensions of the place.

Cultural backdrop/social context/time period- occupations, working conditions, way of life, way of talking and behaving, clothing, gender roles, traditions, habits, attitudes, customs, beliefs, values, speech patterns, laws, past, present, future.

Artificial environment (rooms, buildings, towns, futuristic settings, etc.) and props (clothing, furniture, gadgets, etc.)
In groups, describe the setting of "A Rose for Emily." What role does the setting play? Write out your group's response.
Practice
Setting can be revealed through...
You should associate setting with the emotional content of a story, that is , with the mood or atmosphere. When authors describe light, shadow, colors, shapes, smells, and sounds, they are using setting to create distinctive moods.
Setting As IT Creates Mood or Atmosphere
Consider the way characters respond to their environment and their adjustment to any changes in setting. If an author gives details about a character's favorite room, workplace, hideaway, or manner of dress, the reader may infer certain traits which serve to enhance character development. Setting may also serve to parallel or contrast the condition of a character.
Setting As a Reflection of Character
Definition
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