Setting

The short story “Greyhound Tragedy” by Richard Brautigan is set on “September 2, 1938”, in a “small Oregon town”, US. The main event takes place over one evening, but the plot includes various passages about the character’s background. Furthermore, the end of the story is set 31 years later (196…

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Physical setting

The physical setting includes elements like the main character’s house, the town streets, and the bus station:  “…leave the house early one warm twilight, after getting out of doing the dinner dishes, and walk slowly down to the bus station.” 

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Social setting

The social setting of the story explores aspects related to small-town society in America during the interwar period, the appeal of Hollywood, the condition of women, materialism, and class mentality.

Set in the late 1930s, the story shows readers, through the character of the protagonist’s father, the typical middle-class pride in small-town societies. The man is proud of being a store manager, which gives him a particular status in the small town. He is also the only one who provides for his family. Furthermore, bo…

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