Personally, I believe the setting in a story is very important, a great description of setting can enable you to visualize the scenes, and almost have a sense of being there. In “Death by Landscape” the Canadian wilderness is the setting in which the story takes place, I believe that this contributes to the reading of the story. When I read it I felt like I was actually there, I remember even giving it to my boyfriend to read because I said that “you actually feel like you are out in the wilderness”. Atwood’s detailed description of the scenery sets the mood for the story. Even when watching a film, if there are scenes of wildlife and wilderness you can actually get ‘lost’ in it. (well i can anyway:)) When we read “Death by Landscape” we are able to picture the girls on their campsite, we can envision the wilderness around them, which personally makes it a much more interesting and gives it that effect of realism. Also in the end when the girls go on the canoe trip, I think that the description of the wilderness around them is important because we feel like we are there as well. When Lucy disappeared I found myself ‘looking’ around the wilderness for her. I could picture where her and Lois were, and I looked around the scenery for Lucy as Lois was calling out for her. Overall, the setting of the landscape gives us a sense of actually participating in the story.
The difference between ‘symbol’ and ‘allegory’ is that a symbol is, something that itself stands for something else; example, a flag is a piece of coloured cloth, but it stands for a country. A symbol is an image that evokes an objective, concrete reality and prompts that reality to suggest another level of meaning. Whereas an Allegory, is when objects, persons, and actions in a narrative are equated with meanings that lie outside the narrative itself. It represents one thing in the disguise of another.