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CLIP 7585

Sunset Song: Setting

Sunset Song: Setting
Key Info
  • Sunset Song: Setting
  • Duration: 04:31
  • A dramatisation of an exam student's dream looks at the setting of the novel - both its place and time. Kinraddie is based on Gibbon's childhood home of Arbuthnott, as stated at the front of the book. Specific description of Kinraddie Kirk matches the church in Arbuthnot where Gibbon lies buried. The area is agricultural and was undergoing a time of change during the period in which the story is set - between June 1911 and late summer 1919. This period also covered Gibbon's teenage years and the First World War. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    Fiction Post 1900: United Kingdom

  • Keywords: SunsetSong, A Scot's Quair, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, novel, setting, Scotland, English
Ideas for use in class
  • Ask the class to decide on what they think the term setting means and to jot down where and at what time they think the novel is set. Then ask them to try to state how they came to that conclusion, (place names, language, references to war and a different way of life to now). Then ask them to watch the clip and bullet point any ways in which setting is depicted.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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