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Short Stories Setting The setting of a story can allude to what kind of story it will be There are many things that a setting is able to suggest other than simply where the story takes place A storys setting deals with the place that the story occurs the time it takes place in and the atmosphere that it evokes It can show that there will be romance it will be funny there will be suspense or just that something bad will happen Two particular short stories whos settings both show that something bad will happen are To Build a Fire written by Jack London and Greasy Lake written by T Coraghessan Boyle Certain aspects of both these stories give the reader an idea of what is to come and that it could be dreadful To Build a Fire takes place in the Yukon which is generally a dangerous place to be alone The man is walking a trail that is not often traveled so just the fact that he is in stuck in a secluded place makes it seem like something bad could happen Where the man is walking through is also a very dark and dreary place Although it is clear outside without a cloud in the sky the narrator claims there is a subtle gloom that made the day dark p117 It almost makes the reader wonder if the narrator means dark as in there is no light or dark in a sort of sinister way Greasy Lake also takes place in a rather dark and ominous setting Much of the story takes place at Greasy Lake which is not an ordinary everyday swimming with the family type of lake There are crowded trees which draws a picture of a dark forest with very little light seeping through The island in the middle of the lake has little or no vegetation giving the reader a feeling of death
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