To determine this, go back through the story and underline specific passages where the setting establishes mood, symbolism or character.
Take the most important three details and formulate your thesis.
An analysis of setting focuses on the role location plays in a story, such as creating mood, developing characters or serving as a symbol.
You can write an effective essay on literary setting by considering the specific ways the location influences the story and using clear examples with textual evidence. Often, setting creates the story's mood, or atmosphere.
In Jack London's "To Build a Fire," the subzero conditions of the Yukon advance the story by forcing him to adapt to survive. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby," the contrasting neighborhoods of East Egg and West Egg create the novel's social class dichotomy. In Kathryn Stockett's "The Help," Jackson, Mississippi, is the antagonist, as its rigid attitudes toward race stand in the way of protagonist Skeeter's goal of writing a book about the town's African American maids.
Your thesis should clearly and specifically state the setting's role in the work and how it is established.
Stories that are mostly characters’ inner monologue or dialogue with no sense of their surrounds can feel adrift, without anything to anchor them.
Use the suggestions above to place your characters in the world and show the two-way effects between characters and their environment.
Write place like you would write a character: This advice comes courtesy of Suzannah Windsor Freeman’s excellent post on writing about place, ‘7 tips for writing about places you’ve never been’.
As Freeman cautions, writing about a real world place you haven’t visited is risky.