"Marigolds" takes place in a shantytown in rural Maryland during the Great Depression. Lizabeth, the narrator of the story, recalls that it was a "dry September" when the situation with Miss Lottie's marigolds took place... More »

The themes of the short story "Marigolds" by Eugenia Collier include poverty, maturity and the relationship between innocence and compassion. These themes are realized through the main character, Lizabeth, and her relati... More »

The setting of Eugenia's Collier's "Sweet Potato Pie" is a room on the 14th floor of a posh hotel on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Much of the short story reflects on the narrator's memories of his family's poverty. More »

Though there is no specific rule regarding when the setting of a story is established, the description typically takes place at the beginning or soon thereafter. Setting helps to set the mood, so a writer needs to reveal... More »

A book's setting is the place, time and backdrop of the story. Many stories have a central setting, such as a city, town or farm, but others may have unorthodox settings, such as ship at sea or a made-up world. More »

A story's setting is comprised of the time, place, culture and environment that serve as the background. In some cases, the setting also serves as an important aspect of a story's plot. More »

A setting includes both the time and place of a story, such as a house in the morning or a city in 1900. Each story may have multiple settings as the plot unfolds. Setting is not always immediately apparent in a story. More »