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No Setting No Story The setting is one of the most basic elements in a story It sets the tone paints a picture for the reader to imagine and basically shapes the story itself Without the setting the story could be set in anyplace anytime You could have a story about space aliens corrupting the inhabitants of mars but its set in a ranch in the early nineteen hundreds It just doesnt make any sense If you dont have a setting you dont have a realistic story When you have a setting you set a mood consciously or not For example anywhere you might venture in the world has a feeling to it a mood When you travel somewhere new you see it differently than someone else might Everything about that place is the same its just the way you as a person interpret it You see it in a certain way get a certain feel to it and sub-consciously imprint in your brain that feeling to the room Thats how you might remember it in the future Thats just how the setting is from a story just you dont see it with your eyes you read it from a text and imagine it in your head as you keep reading The way the author describes the setting is the mood and the way one interprets it is the feeling In The Scarlet Ibis the author sets a grim mood by phrasing a simple action in a certain way and their smell drifted across the cotton field and through every room of our house speaking softly to the dead Hurst p184 Another thing about the setting that makes the story realistic is that it paints a picture The more an author describes the setting the less space there is to imagine what things look like on your own In real life you cant go walking around and decide how everything is they already
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