A Man Named Dave: A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness Setting & Symbolism

Dave Pelzer
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Daly City, California

Daly City, California is Pelzer's childhood home.

Garage

As a child, Pelzer's mother forces him to live on a bare cot in the garage, regardless of the weather.

Fireman's Badge

As a child, Pelzer admires his father's career as a fireman. After his father's death, he claims his father's badge, his only remaining possession. Pelzer carries the badge as a kind of charm.

Kaiser Hospital

Early in his career in the Air Force, Pelzer learns of his father's battle with cancer. He rushes to his father's side and remains until the older man dies. No other family member appears to visit.

Mirrors

Pelzer confesses that he never looks at himself in a mirror, because, as a boy, he remembers standing in front of the bathroom mirror and telling himself how bad he had been to his mother.

San Francisco

After receiving an assignment as a...

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