- Describe the setting. Show understanding of settingby writing about how it establishes mood or acts as a symbol. Include MLA formatted quotes from the text to support your perspective.
Expositional Setting of Ranger’s Apprentice
In the story Ranger’s Apprentice, The Siege of Macindaw by John Flanagan the setting is very important. The story most likely takes place in a Medieval time period, because the story says “I plan to sack a castle, and I hear you people are rather good at that.” (page 17-18) This shows that the story takes place in a time when people would “sack a castle”. In Ranger’s Apprentice, one of the character’s, Horace, says that he is heading to Castle Macindaw to rest during the winter, meaning that the story also takes place in the winter. This place also most likely has magic, because of the line, “Malcom the healer, more widely known as Malkallam the Black Sorcerer,” (page 30). This shows that there is probably magic, or at least the people in this world think there is magic, because they think Malcom uses magic as a sorcerer. The specific country or kingdom this story takes place in is Araluen, explained by the Skandians when they said where they had crashed. This story also will most likely be around Castle Macindaw. I think this because Horace is on his way to Castle Macindaw of Norgate Feif, which John Buttle tells Horace’s when he says, “There’s nothing for you in Macindaw and nothing for you in Norgate Feif.” Norgate Feif is a section of the kingdom of Araluen. The setting of this story seems to have a mood of being desolate and unhappy. When Horace is riding to Castle Macindaw, the area around him is described as extremely cold. He also says that he hasn’t passed a village or settlement for several days. The few trees by the side of the road Horace is travelling also are dead. Generally cold environments are stereotypically sad or unhappy environments, and the fact the trees are dead also adds the idea of the area being empty and possibly scary. Overall, the setting of Ranger’s Apprentice, The Siege of Macindaw is the Norgate Fief in Araluen, during the winter in a quiet, desolate medieval setting, and it greatly affects and enhances the mood of the story.