Setting can be a powerful ally to the writer...because it can help establish the mood of a story.
It can also add to a story’s believability. Readers can enter an entirely new world and completely let go of their disbelief for the duration of the tale. Claire says that a good setting helps create story earmuffs—it allows the reader to tune out distractions and stay safely muffled in a different world!
- How does the setting direct or frame the story? (or how does the story change as the setting changes?)
- How does Becker use color to increase the effectiveness of setting?
- Writers use point-of-view, such as first- and third-person shifts, to influence a reader, but an illustrator can change point-of-view by changing the artistic perspective from page to page (sometimes close-up, sometimes far away—sometimes looking up at objects or sometimes looking down). Where does Becker do this? Does it change the reader’s response or feeling? Add tension?
- Find the places where Becker uses tremendous detail in his setting and find the places where he uses almost no detail. Are both effective? Is the contrast effective? How would you accomplish this in writing?
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