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How Setting Affects the Story The location and time period in which a story is set affects the readers understanding of the tale It makes the text more believable as events are more believable in certain time periods People act differently in different time periods While reading one takes into account the events that occur and judges whether they are consistent with the time This then affects whether the reader enjoys the story or not The setting of Erskine Caldwells short story Daughter has a significant affect on the readers understanding of the events that unfold The story takes place in the early part of the 20th century The presence of automobiles and the reference to them as cars leads the reader to believe that the story takes place after 1920 however the way African-Americans are titled as Negroes and the significance of the cotton gin and share cropping suggest late 19th century influences In the story Daughter farming was the way of life in the southern United States By setting the story in the South it causes the reader to make certain assumptions about the culture There are small towns with close farming communities The main character Jim made a living through sharecropping He receives his pay in the form of food and shelter Jim needs these to support himself and his daughter Clara who is eight years old After a mule on the farm dies the owner blames Jim and revokes his shares Actions like this were accepted almost common in southern culture in the early part of the 20th century but are not common today In addition early 20th century society and perhaps more in the South believed that African Americans were inferior to the white race Any resistance or disrespect towards their white counterparts would induce serious trouble In the story Jim is a Negro which affects his rights The owner of the farm is most likely white
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