The Practical Imagination Chapter 6 – SETTING

In this chapter we study 4 slightly longer stories:

  1. To build a Fire, by Jack London
  2. The Old Chief Mshlanga, by doris Lessing
  3. Flying Home, by Ralph Ellision
  4. The Swimmer, by John Cheever

Each story evokes a very specific, very vivid SETTING.  To Build a Fire is a story of Alaska, Old Chief Mshlanga takes us to South Africa during Colonialism, Flying Home is set in the rural South of The United States, during the Jim Crow era, and The Swimmer is a surrealistic exploration of suburban America.

Through reading and studying these stories, we learn about how the setting of a story can become a character in its own right.  These are fascinating stories.

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