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Setting is the psychological time or place in a story Setting plays an important role in the success of stories Three examples of this importance can be explained through To Build a Fire by Jack London and The Cask of the Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe and A Worn Path by Eudora Welty The settings used in these stories set the readers mood A good writers depiction of setting puts the reader right into the storyTo Build a Fire by Jack London takes place on a trail in the Yukon This setting is vital to the story because nature the cold and the snow become the the main characters worst enemy Nature is flatly indifferent to mankinds survival The cold will not change because of man nor does it care about human existence The temperature in this story is set at a frigid seventy-five degrees below zero The main character is a man who is walking a trail by himself trying to make it to a camp near Henderson Creek where other men are staying He was warned not to go out into the cold especially alone if it is fifty degrees below zero or more The man is ignorant to reality His only companion is a dog who is almost smarter than the man The dog knows what he must do to survive and is the only one who succeeds The man has to build a fire in order to dry his boot that had gotten wet At one point in the story the man wants to gut the dog and put his hands inside the carcass for warmth The last fire that the man builds is what kills him The fire is put out by snow that has fallen down from a pine tree branch The man freezes to death He dies with dignity Setting is very important to this story without it the reader would not learn of the common ignorant human
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