This is what I learned in reading class, throughout the year! =D

So in the story, “The Blazing Rice Fields” Martha Hamilton expresses how setting affects the story line. To do a quick summarization, a little village stood beside the wide open sea, next to Japan. As well as was there a flat mountain top, where the villagers planted their crop, rice. Like I said before, setting takes a huge effect in the story in 3 ways, and all dealing with location. So let’s take a look.
First reason why setting affects the story is because, of water location, and how it moves. Since they live In Japan, and near the Pacific ocean, the two plates move up against each other causing earthquakes, or tsunamis. In the story, it explains how the weather, and temperature changes, before an earthquake, or tsunami. An old wise farmer, gone by “Ojisan” says that “This kind of weather often comes before an earthquake.” As well as “This wasn’t so unusual, since earthquakes are common in Japan. But to Ojisan, who had experienced many earthquakes, this one felt different.” These quotes explains that, since they live in Japanese area, and they have almost yearly earthquakes, they are almost constantly use to this kind of effect. Even though some of them can have a weird kind of effect.
The second reason how setting affects the story, is the rice that are grown on the flat mountain top. SInce they grew their crops, rice, on the flat mountain area, it’s perfect for them to grow. One way is that, the mountain area usually tends to get a lot of rain fall. And since they are at a high altitude, they usually can’t get affected by most things. Keyword “most”. It can even save people’s lives. For example, in the story “Ojisan took the torch and hurried to his rice fields. Although this was his food for the years to come, he didn’t hesitate. He thrust the torch in among the dry stalks, and they burst into flame.” And later on, since he lit the rice field, the rice apparently “Had saved four hundred lives.” In the first quote, it explains how something so small, like rice, can save so many lives. The rice can be really important to people, for example; a crop to eat. As well as a crop to sell for a profit. Now, they can save lives from terrible weather.

For the third and final reason how setting affects the story is, the village. Just think, if the village has never been there in the first place, this story probably would have never came to existents. The story explains how, during a tsunami, “The angry sea roared over the place where the village had been. The people stood there in silence as they watched their homes being destroyed.” This quote tells us that, even though the village was destroyed, it came with a cause and effect reaction. Because the village was rescued/destroyed; this folktale has been past down for several decades.

So in conclusion, setting affects major parts of the story, no matter what it is. All three reasons, the water movement, the rice on the mountain top, and the village, are probably the most important standing points in the story. Without these plots in the story, I doubt no one could even be be able to understand the story plot structure. So since these plot “supporters” are in here, we can understand the concept of the story, and of course, setting.

In the story, “Midori”, Marlene Brill's explains a character trait both Midori and her mother, Setsu, have. To summarize, Setsu’s daughter, Midori, apparently has a major talent in the music area. She started out in Osaka, Japan. Where at age 2, she was able to hum a very complex piece by Bach. The main characteristic they both share, because of this special talent of Midori’s, is being capable.

One way Midori is very capable of being able to play music is her starting at a young age. She started at a young age “When Midori was nine years old, her mother recognized that her daughter possessed incredible musical talent. She took Midori to the United States to play at the Aspen Music Festival. After Midori performed flawlessly there, a famous music teacher named Dorothy DeLay accepted her as her student.” This quote tells us that, when someone is very capable of having a very special talent, like Midori and her musical talents, it can go a far way in life. For example; that one night at the concert, got the attention of a very famous music teacher, all because she was capable of expressing her talents as a musician.

Setsu, the mother, is also very capable because of giving her daughter lessons at a very young age. It states that “When Midori was just two years, her mother was amazed to hear her child humming a complex concerto by Bach. Midori soon began practicing on a child- sized violin. Her mother gave her music lessons and arranged private performances for family and friends.” This quote helps us understand that, Midori’s mom is very proud of her. She doesn’t want this opportunity to go to waste, so she took the upper hand, and decided to give her private lessons, so she, Midori, could keep up the extravaganza of work.

In conclusion, both Midori and Setsu are both very capable of this whole musical situation. One can play really good, and the other putting the other in all of this practicing, and lessons, and private music tutoring. They both end up becoming very famous, and rich, all of because of being capable toward Midori’s musical talents.