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Setting marks the beginning of the plot and is the most important aspect to consider when writing a novel The setting is more than just the place where the plot occurs it can mean much more to the theme of the novel Setting creates a mood that surrounds the characters and enhances their identity by using writing devices to reveal an underlying theme to their character This also creates an underlying theme to the novel Setting changes also create a mood that helps the author more fully establish an idea that they wish to convey This can relate to the feelings of the characters in certain settings Also setting changes are added to create a more interesting plot and more intricate characters Setting uses writing devices to develop the storys intricate characters thus producing a more vibrant and effective plot Therefore the setting changes in the novel Jewel enhance and personify the novels theme of overcoming obstacles most obvious in Bret Lotts use of symbolism imagery and pathetic fallacy An author uses symbolism to relay meanings for different settings in a more subtle manner which helps to reveal a characters true personality At an early age Jewel faces the difficulty of becoming an orphan and moves in with her Grandmother Missy Cook This move to her Grandmothers house is a symbol for the end of her simple free-spirited life she led with her mother and the beginning of her sheltered set out life she leads under the care of Missy Cook This symbol is represented by the setting of Missy Cooks house and in the way Missy Cook is described in this passage She seemed to float down the staircase the hem of her dress simply dancing about her hidden feet so for a moment I thought maybe she had died was in fact a ghost before me Lott 21 This description of Missy Cook portrays somewhat a supernatural figure that is cool and
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