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The setting is very important in a short story It sets the stage for how characters act and feel and provides a backdrop for the plot In a short story the author has a limited time to get a picture across of what is going on in the story to the reader The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell and Sniper by Liam OFlaherty both rely on the setting to describe the characters and develop the plot In The Most Dangerous Game Rainsford is in the jungle on an island and has to adapt to his environment This affects the story because General Zaroff is hunting Rainsford If they were just in a room or in a busy city Rainsfords behavior would be much different When Rainsford is in the jungle trying to get away from General Zaroff he adapts to the ways of life living in the jungle for three days After Rainsford gets out of the jungle you can definitely tell that a change had occurred while he was in the jungle His attitude becomes much more aggressive than if he were being hunted in a city where he could go into any restaurant if he was hungry When he was in the jungle he had to find food on his own The fact that the story was set in the jungle helped develop the plot because Rainsford is being hunted he becomes like an animal in the jungle Being hunted in another setting would affect the readers attitude toward Rainsford The setting really helped the mood of the story in the sense that it was dark and gloomy in the jungle and I think the author was trying to get us to feel a sense of doom by the end In Sniper the setting is also very important It takes place in Ireland during a war at night We have to imagine to ourselves how hard it is for the men to
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