In the story ‘The Visitation of the Gods’, Gilda Cordero-Fernando intricately uses the setting as a background against which unfolds the contrived yet disgusting drama of school inspection. At the very start of the story, the austere setting of the school is elaborately highlighted to depict the ordinariness and unquestioning helplessness of the school staff. However, as the drama of visitation starts unfolding itself, the setting starts altering with the improvised stuff like bougainvillea pots, mattresses and cushions, china, crockery, napkins, etc to highlight the conceitedness of the visiting officials. The hastily improvised stuff creates the sense of a satin patch on the otherwise drab and ordinary life of the school teachers. The writer aptly elaborates on the settings accompanying every event in the story to build on the readers’ sense of waste and apathy.
Point of View
In the story, Gilda uses the third person omniscient point of view. This point of view perfectly serves the purpose of the writer and is consistently used throughout the story. The chosen point of view makes the reader approach the events like one is watching a black and white movie, discernibly depicting the drab and gross environment prevailing in the narrative. However, the narrator do often proceeds beyond the task of narration to give relevant remarks like “Miss Noel endured the supreme insult of a wet, fatherly kiss” so as to jolt the reader just at the time when one’s attention is required.