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Setting. It’s all about location, location, location. What is Setting. Place Time ….of an event. Deeper….Scuba…Level. Setting determines what IS and what IS NOT possible. Behavior of people Who will follow rules ? What happens when / if someone breaks “rules” ?.

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It’s all about location, location, location

what is setting
What is Setting
  • Place
  • Time
  • ….of an event
deeper scuba level
  • Setting determines what IS and what IS NOT possible.
  • Behavior of people
  • Who will follow rules?
  • What happens when / if someone breaks “rules”?
why does setting matter
Why Does Setting Matter?
  • All ties back to THEME
    • The author’s comment on humanity
    • The universal LESSON the author is trying to teach
  • How does WHERE matter?
  • How does WHEN matter?
  • How do rules that are FOLLOWED and BROKEN matter?
  • What is the author trying to teach us if…
  • Everyone follows the “rules” even when the leaders are mean and corrupt?
  • People start to rebel (break the “rules”) against that corrupt leadership?
what do expert readers do
What do Expert Readers Do?
  • Pay attention to the important parts of setting!
  • Read the unstated “rules” of the setting.
three parts of setting
Three Parts of Setting
  • Physical
  • Temporal (time and duration)
  • Social and Psychological
1 physical
1) Physical
  • Geography
  • Climate
  • Physical features
invited to a party what matters
Invited to a Party….What matters?
  • Address?
  • Streets?
  • Neighborhood?
  • Which side of the tracks that it is on?
  • Which “side of the tracks” that it is on?
  • What property it is near?
2 temporal time
2) Temporal (Time)
  • Period or era in which the story is set.
  • Duration of time of the story.
  • Short time – probably focusing on personal-level issues
  • Longer time – probably focusing on society-level issues
rule following
Rule Following
  • Characters must follow the rules of the setting….
  • Certain things must happen
  • Cannot stray from the probable
genre specific
Genre Specific

TYPES of stories

  • Fantasy
    • Allow certain creatures / adventures to happen
  • Sci-Fi
    • Must be based in science
  • Historical Fiction
    • Must be based in history
tithe by holly black
Tithe by Holly Black

She slipped inside the hollow hill.

The air itself seemed thick with sweetness, and breathing was disorienting.

Long, low tables were heaped with golden pears, chestnuts, bowls of bread soaking in buttery milk, pomegranates ripped in half and half again, violet petals on crustal plates, and all manner of strange delicacies. Wide silver goblets sat like toads on the tables, upright and overturned in equal proportion. Scarlet-clad faerie ladies brushed past men in torn rages, and courtiers danced with crones.

the night circus by erin morgenstern
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The circus arrives without warning.

No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspaper. It is simply there, when yesterday was not.

The towering tents are striped in white and black, no golds and crimsons to be seen. No color at all, save for the neighboring trees and the grass of the surrounding fields. Black-and-white stripes on great sky; countless tents of varying shapes and sizes, with an elaborate wrought iron fence encasing them in a colorless world. Even what little ground is visible from outside is black or white, painted or powdered, or treated with some other circus trick.