Setting in Kaffir Boy

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					The Elements of Narrative                                                                 9/10 Humanities

                                                   Setting
We have discussed the concept of showing and not telling, and how the evocation of sensory details is
critical to achieving this effect in your narratives. Sensory detail is also crucial in portraying setting, that
is to say the specific time and place in which scenes from your narrative play out.

Consider the scene in Kaffir Boy in which police raid Mark’s home. Read from the line, “OPEN UP OR
WE’LL BREAK IT DOWN!” on page 16, to the line “There’s someone under the bed!” on page 20. As you
read, record sensory details.

Time of day scene takes place:

Setting (building, town, country):

Details the narrative provides that create an image of the setting in your mind:

1                                                   6

2                                                    7

3                                                    8

4                                                    9

5                                                   10

Draw a picture of this setting here using these details.
Now, go through the same process for the scene beginning with the line, “Finally, we reached the
school…” on page 127, and ending with the line, “So they finally gave you the birth certificate,” on page
128.

Time of day scene takes place:

Setting (building, town, country):

Details the narrative provides that create an image of the setting in your mind:

1                                                 6

2                                                  7

3                                                  8

4                                                  9

5                                                 10

Draw a picture of this setting here using these details.

				
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