An American Tragedy Setting & Symbolism

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Kansas City

Kansas City is the first setting of the novel. The Griffiths have moved here to carry out their missionary work. Clyde has to leave when he is involved in the accidental death of a child during a joyride with his friends.

The Packard

The Packard is an expensive car borrowed by Sparser from the wealthy employer of his father. Sparser crashes it while trying to evade the police after he accidentally hits a little girl.

Chicago

Chicago is one of the cities where Clyde works during his exile from Kansas City. He meets his uncle Samuel here.

Denver

Clyde’s family moves to Denver after they leave Kansas City and open up their own mission house.

Lycurgus

Lycurgus is a small New York town where Clyde’s extended family lives. It serves as the primary setting of the novel after Book One.

Green-Davidson Hotel

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