How the setting in “It” is significant

In the story “It” by Stephen King the setting plays a very important role in describing the mood and feel of the novel. The plot takes place in Derry, a small town in Maine, meaning it was very quiet and subtle. Everybody knew everybody, which made for a good atmosphere. It also led to familiarity and friendship within all of the residents of Derry. Until “It” arrived. When It started terrorizing the town it almost sent ripples through everyone’s lives, especially the members of the Losers Club, who were greatly affected by the monstrosity that was attacking. The characters in the story react to this situation differently because of the setting they are in. Since they are in this small town they feel obligated to destroy the monster itself and protect the people they love. If they were in a much larger more developed town their feelings and attitudes might differ. The kids in this story decide to make a promise after they defeat this monster for the first time that they will always come back together if the monster wasn’t killed for good. Say these characters lived in a larger town and all went to different schools then they might not share the same connections that they all have now and might not want to finish what they started. I think it is a very good way of making the connections between the kids feel genuine and real. I also took notice of how often the kids ride their bikes to one another’s house or to wherever they need to go. The setting of a small also shows the fact that these kids are familiar with a lot of the people or places in the town, and are comfortable enough to go around riding their bikes to different places  If Stephen King didn’t write this story in a small town I don’t think the atmosphere or feeling around the whole situation wouldn’t have mattered or connected to the readers on a personal level. It for sure affected me because I can relate to it since I live in a town very similar to this novel’s.

 

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