Daddy asked me to tell you about myself. When I was a little kitten, I was wandering all alone outside. I was scared. I don't remember if I was born outside or if somebody decided they didn't want me. I was too little to remember. I do remember that I was hungry. It was hard to find food. I saw other cats chase birds and squirrels, but I didn't know how to catch them. One day when I was exploring the Big Forest, I smelled food.
Some of the authors I admire most use setting as a literary technique. A storm becomes a metaphor for tension between characters. The seasons serve as symbols within the theme. Temperatures create mood from humid heat to frigid cold. Place—from sea to river to urban environs—expresses as much about mood as does a character’s words and actions.