I feel obliged to wish you a Happy Galentines Day (which is observed on February 13th) and is only the best day of the year. You should look it up. #ovariesbeforebrovaries
Last week we spoke about characterisation in class and we shall pick up where we left off tomorrow. This week, however, we will also chat about how to develop setting in your narrative essays. A good thing to think about is how the setting does not only need to be described in terms of being a place to put the action, but it can actually demonstrate the atmosphere you’re trying to create. For instance, if you’re trying to develop tension in your narrative essays, there are many ways to go about it without stating “It was tense”. Sometimes, developing your setting in a particular way can help do that work for you.
Have a look at the following extract. It’s from Bryony Rheam’s This September Sun (2009).
“December came. Hints of unrest and further economic instability breathed uneasily through parched, rainless days. I had never known such a dry end of year. Storm clouds gathered often, then dispersed. At night we tossed in sweat-drenched sheets and woke exhausted in the early morning heat. I slept with just a sheet to cover me and the windows open on the clear star-filled skies. The wind hardly moved and often, when I couldn’t sleep, I would go and sit outside and think, the night thick and warm around me. Talk of people emigrating hung above us like the sky that stretched white-blue and unrelenting, a never-ending migraine”
What can you say about how the setting produces a particular effect? Are vocabulary choices working to help it along? What is being indirectly said?
I look forward to hearing your thoughts!