Big Red

by Jim Kjelgaard

Start Free Trial

What is the setting of the book "Big Red"?

Quick answer:

The setting of the Big Red is an isolated forest in upstate New York. The Wintapi Forest is a specific area that holds the cabin and the Haggins’ mansion. This setting was isolated and had a lot of wildlife, which makes sense given that it was more than one hundred years ago and they didn't have as many resources as they do now.

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

The Big Red, by Jim Kjelgard, is about a character named Danny and his Irish setter, Red. Danny becomes highly attached to Red, and they go on adventures including fighting a bear named Old Majesty. The specific setting of the story is a fictional place called the Wintapi Forest.

This fictional forest is supposed to be somewhere close to upstate New York. In the forest, there are mountain areas and specific trees such as pine or beech. Danny’s family survives in the forest by hunting many the different animals that live there. This shows to the reader that Wintapi Forrest is teeming with wildlife.

The forest is an isolated area since the setting takes place in the earlier part of the twentieth century. This means that it’s often difficult to get in contact with the outside world since there are fewer options in terms of technology.

Danny and his parents live in a one-room cabin in these woods. Also nearby is the Haggins’ mansion which has housing for sheep and horses, as well as an open area for cattle to graze. The setting serves the plot of Big Red since it makes it more plausible that a bear would be a threat given that they are in a forest over a hundred years ago and had limited resources and means of finding help.

See eNotes Ad-Free

Start your 48-hour free trial to get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Get 48 Hours Free Access
Approved by eNotes Editorial