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What is the setting of the story?

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The specific location of Santiago's home village is not given in the story, but there are many clues as to the setting.

Obviously, the story is set in a location that has Spanish has the primary language. However, there are English-speaking tourists in the area. The village has a beach and access to the ocean, so it is along a coastline. Santiago fishes in the Gulf Stream, so the coastline is along the eastern side of Mexico or on one of the islands southeast of Florida. Those who catch fish in Santiago's village take their catch "to the fish house where they waited for the ice truck to carry them to the market in Havana," the largest market city in Cuba. My interpretation is that Santiago's village is located somewhere on the southern coast of the island of Cuba, in the days before American tourists were not prohibited from traveling to Cuba.

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The setting of the short story "A Worn Path" is the depression era, specifically in rural, American South. The woman is overcoming obstacles on her quest to obtain medicine for her grandson, and the long journey starts in the woods of Mississippi all the way to the town of Natchez.

The focal point of the setting of the story is the actual road, which is full of a adversity, obstacles, limitations, problems, and incidents which make her path extremely difficult to complete, and her goals appear to be consistently blocked. This is allegorical to the life of black Americans in the depression era society, and in American society in the old South.

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The only part of the setting that is stated in the story is "it was December--a bright frozen day in the early morning."  The time period must have been early to mid-1900's because of the cost of a nickel during this time period.  It wasn't worth a lot to most people, but to Phoenix it was.

The other half of the setting is the place.  This takes place in the south and most likely in Mississippi since this is where a lot of Welty's fiction takes place. She is out in the country as she makes her physical and "spiritual" journey.

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The fictional characters depend on the locale that is endowed by the author. The Mill on The Floss is on the autobiographical setting. The novelist brings same environment and story by introducing the other characters appealing to her. The novelist is a literary artist, he puts into it impetus that really attracts the readers. His setting is not bookish but original with newness. The novelists avoid bookish settings because they like to visit themselves in order to freshen their work. An English novelist, Garaham Green apparently needed to visit a fresh scene in order to write a fresh novel.

The setting of a novel or story is not always taken from a real life. The novelist has ability to create the totality of his fiction. The English scholar J.R.R.Tolkin, in his ‘Lord of the Rings’ (1954-55) creates an alternative world that appeals  emotionally to many who are dissatisfied with the existing one. For getting rid of such repetition, they also introduce imaginary places with imaginary characters and setting. It adds a great novelty and freshness. ’ The Prisoner of Zenda’ is a novel of romance. The story is of Ruritania kingdom which is not on the map of the world. The story as well as the characters is fiction. It is based on an imaginary tale with pure impetus that is attracting the readers. Its scenes and setting both are wonderful.

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The setting of a story answers the questions of where and when the story takes place. The choice of a good setting can help 'set the mood' of a story. 

Here is a list of the specific elements that setting encompasses:

  1. Locale. This relates to broad categories such as a country, state, region, city, and town, as well as to more specific locales, such as a neighborhood, street, house or school. Other locales can include shorelines, islands, farms, rural areas, etc.
  2. Time of year. The time of year is richly evocative and influential in fiction. Time of year includes the seasons, but also encompasses holidays, such as Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and Halloween. Significant dates can also be used, such as the anniversary of a death of a character or real person, or the anniversary of a battle, such as the attack on Pearl Harbor.
  3. Time of day. Scenes need to play out during various times or periods during a day or night, such as dawn or dusk. Readers have clear associations with different periods of the day, making an easy way to create a visual orientation in a scene.
  4. Elapsed time. The minutes, hours, days, weeks, and months a story encompasses must be somehow accounted for or the reader will feel confused and the story will suffer from a lack of authenticity. While scenes unfold moment by moment, there is also time to account for between scenes, when a flashback is inserted, and when a character travels a long distance.
  5. Mood and atmosphere. Characters and events are influenced by weather, temperature, lighting, and other tangible factors, which in turn influence the emotional timbre, mood, and atmosphere of a scene.
  6. Geography. This refers to specific aspects of water, landforms, ecosystems, and topography in your setting. Geography also includes climate, soil, plants, trees, rocks and minerals, and soils. Geography can create obvious influences in a story like a mountain a character must climb, a swift-running river he must cross, or a boreal forest he must traverse to reach safety. No matter where a story is set, whether it’s a mountain village in the Swiss Alps or an opulent resort on the Florida coast, the natural world with all its geographic variations and influences must permeate the story.
  7. Eras of historical importance. Important events, wars, or historical periods linked to the plot and theme might include the Civil war, World War II, medieval times, the Bubonic Plague, the gold rush in the 1800s, or the era of slavery in the South.
  8. Social/political/cultural environment. Cultural, political, and social influences can range widely and affect characters in many ways. The social era of a story often influences characters’ values, social and family roles, and sensibilities

soccrkidz13 | Student

the setting of a story includes the time and the location the story takes place. the setting sets the tone and mood for a story while giving the reader an idea of the main backdrop or scenery. setting may include historical period, culture, geographical location, and hour/day/year/ etc.

villa6485 | Student

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iklan100 | Student

The story of ''The Count of Monte Cristo'' is set in 19th century France, largely in Paris and the mainland, on the prison-island of Chateau d'if and also on the island of Monte Cristo.

The time/era is around when Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled and a new French governmenat had been installed (c 1815-1820s).

aznboy578 | Student

Setting is the place the protagonist or the antagonist is. Such as earth, more specific would be a house. Settings can be anywhere such as on the moon to in a volcano.


donjorgy | Student

The setting of Cranes takes place in Northen Village at the border of the thirty-eight parallel.

epollock | Student

 The story takes place soon after the ending of World War II. Makiko is a widow who devotes much of her thought to her pre-war life with Yoshitsune, her husband, a soldier who was killed in the fighting. She is alone with her son, Toshi, and tries to keep the past Bushido tradition alive for him. But postwar Japan has many more attractions for the boy than the memory of his long-dead father. There are exciting new American games, such as baseball, to attract his attention. At a time of rationing, it is a treat to be given candies and nuts by American soldiers, who are present everywhere during the occupation. Makiko recognizes the inevitability of these changes, but she is angry when she sees that Toshi has accepted chocolates from an American soldier. "How could you!" she says, "Those men killed your father!" (paragraph 11).