What is importance of the setting in Nathaniel Hawthorne's "David Swan," and how does it relate to the story's theme?
In the story David Swan, David choses a place "sheltered by trees and with a gurgling stream" to rest. This setting is important because it symbolises that David is completely at ease and very comfortable, even though he's being faced by wealth, love and death, because he's completely anaware of what is happening around him. The author is trying to show that David didn't expect anything extraordinary to happen. The sheltered setting is somewhat a contrast to the dramatic things that almost befall David. One could say that it provides s sense of irony. Apart from all this, of course, the setting is important because the old couple chose the shade to wait while their carriage is being repaired, the young lady choses the shelter of the trees to adjust her dress and the theives go there for a game of cards and to drink from the stream.
The setting is entwined with the story's theme. The setting provides the opportunity for various people to pass by while Swan sleeps.