Behind Closed Door Setting Analysis

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Setting plays an important role in novels. Setting can affect the way a character acts within a story. Settings can create different moods within a story which can also affect the way a character acts. Other characters within the story can affect the way another character talks and acts.
“While I’m writing, I become that character, whether it is Jack in Behind Closed Doors,” says Paris in an interview. In Behind Closed Doors the main character, Jack, speaks, talks and acts different depending on where he is and who he is with. In Behind Closed Doors, the author reveals how setting can affect the way a character acts, through the antagonist, Jack, who acts like the perfect man in public, but when in private he reveals his psychopathic side.
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Jack’s actions vary depending on where his is and who he is with. When in private, Jack is usually focused on making Grace’s life more miserable. Jack bought Grace a dog before they left to go on their honeymoon. When they arrive back home, Grace finds that Jack had starved the puppy to death. “He didn’t lift a finger to help, but stood and watched as I rapped Mollie’s body in the black bin bag and, sobbing with distress, carried her up the stairs, through the kitchen and out onto the terrace that I had told him I wanted.” Jack only got the dog to kill it and make Grace clean it up. Jack knew that the dog would be a friend to Grace and give her comfort, so he took it away to make her upset. In public Jack acts like the ideal man. Jack first caught Grace’s eye at the park. Jack saw Molly, Grace’s sister who has down syndrome, dancing in the park and went up to her and began to dance with her. “It was only when I saw him bowing to her and holding out his hand that i realized he was the man i’d been dreaming about all week.” (B.A. Paris 23). In public Jack does things that make him seem perfect. He helps and

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