The setting really helps you to see the impoverishment of the cousins and how they make themselves happy. When they are home, it is a little dark and unfriendly until they begin to make the fruit cakes. When this happens, it transforms into a Christmas wonderland. Also, think about Haha's bar, much like the man, dark and dreary, but they bring a light in his life by being so good. I think the setting is muted because we are seeing it though the eyes of a child and someone with a developmental disability. The setting really helps the reader connect with the story and the sensory details make it happen the most by letting us experience it with the characters.
Posted by jennyrocks
on January 3, 2012 at 5:16 AM (Answer #1)