Explain how the setting of a story or a poem can enhance its plot with reference to 'Dust of Snow' and 'Tea from Assam'.
How setting enhances plot -
● Setting is one of the five essential components of a plot - be it a story or a poem. It sets the tone and mood of any piece of writing. The poem talks about healing amidst nature. When we experience good weather, it uplifts our mood and we are calmer and in a more relaxed state of mind. In the story, the arrival at Assam sets the tone for the rest of the story. How Rajvir feels, reacts to things, is excited and overwhelmed, are influenced by his natural surroundings.
Dust of Snow -
● A crow accidentally sprinkles some snow from the hemlock tree on the poet. The snow immediately changes his mood for the better. He feels happier and starts appreciating nature more because it helps him see life beyond his own insignificant troubles.
● Crows and hemlock trees are both viewed as inauspicious. But the poet is able to show them in positive light because his perception has changed. The natural setting of the poem makes even a crystal of snow have a big impact on the poet.
Tea from Assam -
● Rajvir is visiting Pranjol's house in Assam during the summer vacation. He has read up about Assam, its weather, scenic beauty and tea gardens. He shares his research work with Pranjol and his father.
● While traveling from the railway station to Pranjol's home, he passes several tea estates. He sees that the beautiful green cover around him has resulted in cooler weather. This increases his excitement and makes him truly happy. He is from the city, where there isn't enough green cover and the weather is warmer. A change in location makes things more exciting and appealing to him.