This assignment focuses on your ability to: learn how to interpret the literary device of setting and how it affects all of the elements of the story.
The purpose of completing this assignment is: as a student, in your career, and individual lives, you will often need to look beyond the plot and summary of what you are reading, and put a different spin on it. An example of this might be interpreting data and the varying components of how that data was created, as well as what to do with the data as you move forward.
Prompt (What are you writing about?): How does Setting affect/contribute to the plot of your chosen story?
Note: Remember that Setting is not only the place in which a story occurs. It is also mood, weather, time, and atmosphere. These things drive other parts of the story.
- Read through all of the instructions of this assignment.
- Read all of the unit resources.
- Select one of the short stories to write about.
- Your audience for this essay is people who have read the stories.
- Decide in what three ways the setting contributes to the plot of your chosen story.
- Formulate a thesis about setting and these three areas.
- Your essay prompt is: How does Setting affect/contribute to the plot of your chosen story?
- Your essay will have the following components:
- A title page
- An Introduction
- A thesis at the end of the introduction that clearly states how setting affects the story Supporting sections that defend your thesis/focus of the essay
- Text support with properly cited in-text citations
- A concluding paragraph o A reference page
- Length and format: 2-3 pages.
- The title page and reference page are also required, but they should not be factored into the 2-3 page length of the essay.
This is the story I chose Kate Chopin set her sensual story, “The Storm,” in the bayou of Louisiana, but it is not the place that adds texture to her story. Explore the other parameters of setting, such as mood, atmosphere, and weather (pages 199-204).
- Chopin, K. (2017) The Storm. In L. Kirszner & S. Mandell (Eds.), Portable literature: Reading, reacting, writing, 9thed (pp. 199-204). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning. (Original work published 1899)