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Sunset Song: Importance of Setting
Characters in a dramatised dream discuss the setting of the novel. 'Sunset Song' reflects Gibbon's own experience of life in Arbuthnott during this period of industrial change and the First World War. The setting allowed Gibbon to reflect on the theme of the impact on small communities of changes in farming. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
Ask the students why setting is important, asking them to think about what being from a place means to them (creates identity and allows us to understand character more fully). Why are we given precise details such as real place names and dates? (creates realism, and creates a greater social/historical context for the novel). By setting the novel in a past era, themes can be explored with greater ease (sexual inequality/effects of war), which can then be related to present times.
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