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Sense of Place


The sense of place is used to generate a strong feeling of the character or narrator and which somehow connects with the character. In the stories of Lodge, the use of “the sense of place” is one characteristic used throughout these stories is meant to create a special sense in which the reader understands the events that led up to a certain meaning of the story. The sense of place creates an identity that relates to the story with its nostalgic memory.


The sense of place has a strong meaning behind the meaning of the story and also has a strong and deep feeling that is felt by the visitor. In some stories, the sense of place might not affect the development of the story when it is presented but it will develop the story at the end. The sense of place is usually reflected upon by the narrator and affects the narrators or the character and view of different aspects of life. Diction is often used to describe the sense of place in the story as well as metaphors and other literary devices. The sense of different places can be used to make a connection between the experiences, which can be used to tell both sides of a story.

The sense of place depicts the narrator’s point of view. The sense of place can also cause time shift, which is used in the story “The Bad Little Boy Who Didn’t Come to Grief” the sense of place is used to sift the time from the change from his childhood to his adulthood. The sense of place can emphasize the use of satire, another example of the sense of place is in the story “The Story of The Good Little Boy Who Did Not Prosper”, the church which is a sense of place in the story is used to implement the use of satire in the story. Overall the sense of theme is the backbone to most of these literary devices that are used in the story.

The sense of place is used to capture the different experiences of Jacob, throughout the story. “This was the whole secret of it. He believed in the good little boys they put in the Sunday-school books; he had every confidence in them”, the Sunday school was used to present the good actions of Jacob, the Sunday school is meant to sow the good-willed connection between Jacob and his morals. “When he found Jim Blake stealing apples and went under the tree to read to him about the bad little boy who fell out of the neighbor’s apple tree, and broke his arm, Jim fell out of the tree too, but he fell on Him and broke his arm”. The place of the apple tree was meant to signify and resemble the bad that happens to the good and is used to explain the writers use of humor, wherein the series of short stories shows that the good get into trouble but the bad get away with it.  The apple tree is the sense of place where the boy had a bad experience and is emphasized the main event in the story.  The sense of place is also significant because it helps the development of the story, in which the reader later uses to reflect upon the story itself.  The use of “sense of place”, is used to trail the experiences of Jacob which would affect the narrator or the characters view the story.

In “A True Story, Repeated Word for Word as I Heard It”, was about a white man talking about his slave, and how she hasn’t experienced hardship in her life. “We were sitting on the porch of the farm-house, on the summit of the hill and “Aunt Rachel” was sitting respectfully below our level, on the steps, she was our servant she was colored”. The porch was meant to resemble the place where the white man and his slave had a conversation about her life hardship. The staircase to the porch was meant to signify the memory of the conversation, the staircase set the setting of the story and was meant to help the reader reflect upon.


The sense of place is used to create a memory in which allows the reader to remember the certain feeling or event of the character in the story. The sense of place in the short story is used as a backbone and introduction that carries out throughout the story and is also used to ring nostalgic and reminiscent memories of the story.

1 Comment

  1. majedshab says:

    Very interesting points about the impact of the sense of place. Your points on the sense of place in “A True Story Told Word For Word” brought up many interesting points, but could the use of the setting of the porch in the story also signify the common understanding of how slave owners sat on porches while their slaves worked?

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