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In almost any story the setting helps create a distinctive atmosphere and mood which is conveyed to the reader This characteristic is very apparent in the short story Chees Daughter by Juanita Platero and Siyowin Miller The story is about a Navajo named Chee whose daughter is taken by his father-in-law the greedy and selfish Old Man Fat In the story there are detailed settings that help to create a mood for Chee as well as Old Man Fat In Chees Daughter there are many differences between the two settings which allows for a completely different atmosphere for both Chee and Old Man Fat The differences include the time ambiences that are created distinguishing classic and modern and the moods that are evoked from each of these settings The first difference is the distinctly different time ambience for both Chee and Old Man Fat Chee lives in a wide place in the canyon-levels of jagged rock and levels of rich red earth 75-76 However Old Man Fat owns a trading store with red gas pumps in front and a sign across the tar-paper roofs Red Sands Trading Post-Groceries Gasoline Cold Drinks Sandwiches Indian Curios 78 This shows the distinct differences between the atmospheres of Chee and Old Man Fat Chee seems to keep a traditional Native American style of living being concerned about tradition and the good of others while Old Man Fat is quite selfish and is out to make money for himself Finally each of these settings have very different moods evoked Chees setting brings up more pleasant moods while that of Old Man Fat is more depressing Chees setting is described as a warm winter day when the touch of the sun upon the back belied the snow high on distant mountainsThis was home to Cheeas it had been to many generations before him 75-76 hence creating a calm and serene mood for Chee For Old Man Fat however he was
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