Often times, settings aid in setting a tone for a piece of writing. In "Rough Road Ahead: Do Not Exceed Posted Speed Limit" by Joe Kurmaskie, the setting is able to instill varying emotions into the author. The desolate desert that Kurmaskie is trapped in elicits feelings of hopelessness and debilitation. After trusting someone for directions, he has gotten lost; which has led into severe dehydration, desperation, and exhaustion. Throughout Kurmaskie's period of weakness, he was also furious due to the misdirection. The further Kurmaskie traveled into nothingness, the worse his feelings and physical state would progress.
Once Kurmaskie came across an isolated grape juice factory, he felt hope swelling within his chest, for he thought that