Provided by: Loyola English Department. During the day, the beach looks bright, while the ocean is calm, and there is no conflict. Social conditions, historical time, geographical locations, weather, immediate surroundings, and timing are all different aspects of setting.
By confining a certain character to a particular setting, the writer defines the character. We are told that the old man keeps his shutters tightly locked. Seeing also includes what in the theater would be called props or properties—the implements employed by the characters in various activities.
One may ask were the murders and punishments justifiable in either short story? The "ideal" bedroom is supposed to be a fairly private place where we can rest and recuperate without fear.