Here are a few examples of good responses to the question of imagery:
An example of imagery affecting setting and mood would be when Gopal sees the tree at the end of the path, surrounded by the city’s many big buildings. I think that this adds to the setting by showing that Gopal is still doing his best to get used to living in the city because he doesn’t expect to see a tree surrounded by huge buildings. This evokes a mood of facination because Gopal is amazed at how big the buildings are, and he is curious as to how the tree survived the growth of the city. Another mood that could be shown in this setting is hope because the tree has survived the insanity of a giant city rising around it. The tree symbolizes a chance for hope and growth.
The abundance of imagery in chapter 10 had an affect on the setting. For example, the pipul tree in the middle of Mumbai, with all of the busy city going on around it, was still sprouting new leaves. It gave the impression of being in that spot for a long time, with the city going on around it and people living and dying around it, but still being new and fresh. This seems to be a metaphor for Gopal, who has lived in the village for most of his life and is used to things being green and natural. He is standing in the city and watching his life spiral out of control for the first time. Gopal is out of control, mainly because, like the pipul tree, he is good and natural and sees the best in people, whereas a more street-smart person would be skeptical.
Kashmira Sheth used a great deal of good imagery in this chapter to set the mood. Gopal observes every little detail, including the lone tree and a group of school kids that he hopes to one day join. It shows how bored he is, how out of place he feels, and how much he wants to be doing something. When she compares his thoughts to the muddy water in the street, it helps show the fact that he can’t concentrate on anything and really wants to help his family earn money. So when Jatin came, he jumped at the opportunity to have a job, got himself drugged and into the backseat of a taxi. The imagery helped to exemplify how muddled his thinking has become.
Kashmira Sheth used imagery in this chapter to create suspicion and a mood of tension. During the conversation that Gopal and Jatin were having, it said “For a second, Jatin’s face has no expression. Like his sleek hair, it looks unnatural.” This section gave me a nervous impression because it created an image inside my head that Jatin is thinking of a trick to lure Gopal in some negative way. Even though Jatin was acting in that way, Gopal didn’t pause to think for a moment. The author used the imagery very well in this situation because it hints to the reader what will happen next and enables the reader to approximately guess what Jatin is planning to do. Eventually, Gopal was drugged because of Jatin. When I think of a face without an expression, I begin to shiver inside my mind. It seems to be scary if a person just suddenly has no emotion on their face. These days, people who are cunning make mysterious faces which can’t be easily interpreted by others. I believe that I shouldn’t trust people who speak with hesitation or who have a suspicious expression on their face like Jatin. I felt like I realized something new that just stuck to my mind that I should never tell any private information to devious people or else I might get tricked and regret the choice that I have made.