Birdsong Setting & Symbolism

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France

France is the main setting of Parts 1, 2, 4 and 6. This is where Stephen lives with the Azaires and seduces Isabelle in Part 1. In Parts 2, 4 and 6, Stephen fights in France during World War I.

England

England is the main setting of Parts 3, 5 and 7. This is where Elizabeth lives and where Stephen is originally from, though he rarely returns to England before the war ends.

Front

The Front is the scene of the fighting during the war. Many men die on the Front, but Stephen often refuses leave, preferring to stay on the Front.

Tunnels

Captain Michael Weir's men, including Jack Firebrace, work on the tunnels near the Front. They are one means of attacking the enemy, as well as protecting their own men. Several explosions throughout the novel kill men caught in the tunnels. In Part 6, Jack and Stephen are stuck in a tunnel where Jack dies, but Stephen...

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