Classic Challenge March Prompt: The Setting

Thursday, March 15, 2012

On the fourth of each month Kathrine at November's Autumn is posting a prompt for the current classic you are reading to coincide with her classics challenge.

This month's prompt is The Setting.

I am currently 10 pages into my current read, Doctor Zhivago and not able to really judge the setting in a critical manner thus far so will be critiquing my last read, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

Level 1
How has the author introduced the setting? What does it tell you about the character? about the time period? What is the mood of the setting?

We are first introduced to the Bennets at their home in Longbourn.  In this first scene the Bennets could have been taken out of a Faulty Towers episode.  Mrs. Bennet is harping about the newest resident to the area with her husband mockingly answering her, turning her accusations of ruining his girl's chance of marriage to nile into some kind of joke.  Their five daughters, who are all vibrantly different in personality all try to call their mother down.  The end scene concludes not much unlike the last act of Sinfield -- bickering in a jail cell.

Level 2
How do you envision it? Find a few images or describe it. Do you feel the setting is right? or was it a weak point of the author?

I always imagined Longbourn house to be a modest abode but yet exravgent  enough for Mrs. Bennet to boast that they live better than the residents of Lucas Lodge.  

 Level 3
If this particular setting was changed how would it affect the course of the story?
The setting I am choosing from the novel is Brighton

Brighton has the bright lights big city approach in the novel.  Lydia decides she must be a groupie and follow the militia to Brighton which holds all the enjoyments a fifteen year old could ever want.  But what if Mrs. Forster, her particular friend, did not invite her, or Lydia was prim and proper, unlike the party girl she is described as?  That would change the whole of the book.  Mr. Darcy would have no reason to reconsider his proposals to Elizabeth or coming to the rescue of the disgraced Bennet family and ruined Lydia.  He would have stayed in his proud demeanor and Lizzie would have rejected two proposals without a reprieve.  Lydia's folly (or lack there of) would have changed the course of the novel.  In this way a change of setting, while mainly induced by the character would have had drastic consequences. 

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