Not just where, but when? That’s what setting refers to:
For readers who just stumbled upon this blog post, Mrs. Sparhawk’s reading students have each chosen a different classic novel to read and discuss online. We’re writing our own questions sometimes, and answering them as well.
For today’s blog journal:
- Write a question that deals with the setting of your book.
- Include the word “setting” in either your question or your answer.
- Be sure to answer your own question.
- Include a quoted passage from the book, in either your question or your answer.
- Don’t forget to include your title and author.
Need an example? Sure. No problemo! Here you go:
My book is Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Q: At the start of the novel, Stevenson says, “…we go back to the year 17–” Why do you think he left out the exact year? Isn’t that important? Doesn’t the reader need to be able to picture the setting?
A: I believe Stevenson left out the year because he wanted the story to have an element of mystery to it. By placing the 17 in front of the dashes, he places the setting at a point in time when pirates were very common. Knowing it’s during the 1700’s also helps us imagine the costumes and dialect of the period. Yet he leaves off the exact year, because he wants us to think the protagonist’s life might be in danger if too many facts are revealed. There’s also the possibility that Stevenson wanted to make his story seem believable, and if he gave a specific date to the tale, it would make people think he was lying.