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The settings effect on a story
In certain stories or novels the setting may play a significant role on the character and their actions. In younger years of education the setting was just where and when a story takes place, unlike now where we can notice that the setting in fact represents the character. Just as in “Marigolds” by Eugenia Collier, and “The Destructors” by Graham Greene both have depressing settings. The setting aides in the development of the story's theme and influences the character and their actions.
The story “Marigolds” takes place in a poverty stricken community of African Americans during the 1930’s, the Great Depression, in Maryland. This era was a time of racial segregation, limited opportunity and poverty. The main character, Lizabeth grew up during these harsh times, while her father had barely any work and couldn't support the family. Although she was roaming the streets all day, bored with nothing to do, she found relief through throwing rocks at a lonely but happy pot of marigolds on the porch of Miss Lotties. Since it was the Great Depression her parents were struggling which put obvious strain on Lizabeth, especially when she overheard her father cry, “My mother said something I could not hear, and my father cried out louder,”.During this time everything was so grey to Lizabeth, the only colorful thing in her life were the marigolds. The setting of the story directly fits the mood of story, as well as Lizabeths actions towards the marigolds. Lizabeth did not think that the marigolds belonged because everything else was dusty and run down. If the story took place in this modern era in a fancy gated residency it wouldn’t exactly flow with the story and would not make sense at all. (Marigolds)
In the story “The Destructors” by Graham Greene was a character, T , who believed that a two hundred year old house was in a place it didn't...

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