Lesson 1 (from Prologue through Chapter 3)
Setting. Where a play, book or story takes place often affects the characters' personalities and the possibilities for plot. Setting is a usually carefully considered item in an author's set-up for fiction. Setting in the mystery/thriller genre is particularly important since oftentimes the reader must understand the setting to understand the mystery.
The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework. Students will rewrite the basic plot of The Lying Game and set it in another century, explaining how the different setting changes the work. For example, what would be different if it was set in the 1950's?
2. Class discussion. Could The Lying Game have been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in Tucson in this era differ from the students' hometown? How did the setting affect the characters? The plot? The themes...
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