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Character Change Brought on by Setting Illustrated in Deliverance and Invisible Man Plot setting is a crucial aspect of any novel It delivers to the audience the atmosphere which the novel itself is taking place In both Deliverance and Invisible Man setting illustrates to the reader where the novel is happening what time frame the novel is placed in etc it also serves the protagonist in the novel as well What the setting accomplishes in both of these novels is it acts as a catalyst in helping the protagonist come to a realization of self Deliverance and Invisible Man create a different psychosis in the protagonists character through their use of setting Dickeys Deliverance and Ellisons Invisible Man through their use of setting force their protagonists to come to a realization of self-awareness In Deliverance Dickey illustrates how man removed from civilized society reverts back to his primitive instinct Man in this primitive state becomes the most dangerous creature that roams the earth His ability to reason becomes utilized only on the aspects of survival laws cease to exist and man justifies and acts out any action that ensures his survival He shows that it is not nature one should fear but rather man nature is a neutral force that only provides context for man to behave a certain way To illustrate this point Dickey places four individuals born and bred in suburban society into wild and lawless nature Confronted with the uncivilized setting around them Dickey shows how different men can react to the same situation The character with the most significant and profound change is Ed Gentry Ed agrees to venture out on the river with the hopes of gain a new perspective on the life that has been draining him mentally Eds wants are shadowed by his duties to both his family and his job Although he will not directly tell Lewis this is the first trip that Ed actually
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