Setting In Mary Lawson's The Other Side Of The Bridge

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The term setting is defined as an environment in a story. The setting may provide useful information about the location or timing, thus, the setting might also be very descriptive. Social conditions and depictions of unique features can be observed through the setting of a story. Although, the setting may or may not have an impact on characters in diverse fashions, the overall setting influences the characters throughout the novel because it had affected each character’s decision or point of view of a certain subject. In the novel The Other Side Of The Bridge, the author Mary Lawson displays how the setting influences a character's decision in life through the lack of opportunities forcing the characters to leave Straun. Eventually, Jake left Straun for a different city to portray his dream, his conversation Ian and trying to convince him to leave Straun as well and his emotions through his father's death. In addition, Ian going to Toronto for university, the pressure of becoming a doctor and his decision of not returning home. Furthermore, Ian’s mother leaving Straun for Toronto as she would like to go to a big city and not stay in a small city for the rest of her life.

Another way the setting influences the characters throughout the novel is portrayed by Jake as he left Straun for a different city, his conversation with Ian and trying to persuade him to leave Straun and his emotions through his father's death. Foremost, it was thoroughly observable that Jake would like to move to a bigger and more breathtaking city, comparatively, than staying in Straun for the rest of his life. Jake had left Straun to a different city and had not told his mother or brother that he was planning on leaving, which outlines how Jake wanted to leave all along. He had just fled away and left a letter saying; “Sorry to go without saying goodbye. Love, Jake”(317). This shows that Jake had no intention saying a proper goodbye to his family as it was certain that the mother and brother would not let him leave, even though he had wanted to leave Straun since he was a kid. To add, when Jake returned to Straun, he and Ian have a conversation about which university Ian would like to go to. Jake hates Straun so much as he tries to

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