Setting as a Reflection of Character Interiority in Short Fiction: An Analysis and Application of Creative Writing Techniques
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This thesis examines the use of setting in short fiction as a tool to reveal character interiority. Through the identification and analysis of fourteen writing techniques drawn from seven short stories, it shows the importance of setting for communicating thoughts and feelings that the characters have not, will not, or cannot express, as well as for cultivating negative capability, circumventing imitative fallacy, and creating complex, human characters. It argues that setting is a tool that writers may employ in a diverse number of ways, namely by using setting symbolically, as atmosphere, in interactions with the characters, or as a revealing subject for narrative voice. It concludes with two original works by the thesis author, in which she applies a number of the techniques she has identified over the course of the project.