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How does setting affect plot in a work of literature? for example, how it creates conflict or crisis, how it forces characters to act, or how it determines how the plot is resolved.

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This is an interesting question to which there are, really, as many different answers as there are stories in the world. We can look at any work of literature or drama, identify its setting in time and place, and then consider how many details would have to be altered if the setting were different—in other words, how the setting shapes the plot.

We might look at the recent revival of the 1980s as a setting for modern horror films as a great example. In It Follows and House of the Devil, for example, we see a nebulous time setting that appears to be mid-to-late 80s; the reason for this seems to be...

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The setting to the place/environment that the story takes place. The society that the characters live in makes them conform to it's beliefs and norms.this  influences the characters behavior and their values. The environment eh glove in influence the way they talk and how they interact with people from other places. 

the way that the setting affects the plot is the complications that it has. For example, in lord of the flies, the setting which is the I slams provides complications for the characters because of the limit of supply and lack of civilization.