How does the author’s depiction of the setting influence the themes and conflicts? How is the setting significant in understanding the text?

geographical: climate, terrain

historical: politics, time period, events, wars, etc.

social: beliefs, custom, values, gender roles/expectations, class structure, etc.

atmosphere of the setting: mood developed by the author e.g. gloomy, ominous, foreboding, magical, etc.

Sentence Stems

  • The setting is significant in advancing the conflicts in the plot by ______.

  • The setting is symbolic to the story in that _______.

  • The historical context is significant to the plot's conflicts and themes in that _____.

  • The author develops a ________ mood in this scene in order to develop or foreshadow _______.