Brick Lane Setting & Symbolism

Monica Ali
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Mymensingh District

This is the region where Nazneen and her sister Hasina were born in northern Bangladesh.

Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets is the name of the London community where Nazneen and Chanu live with other Bangladeshi immigrants.

Gouripur

Gouripur is the name of the village in which Nazneen was born. In London, she often daydreams of Gouripur and the simple life they had there.

Ice-Skating

Nazneen sees ice-skating for the first time on British television. She is mesmerized by the sport and she often pretends that she is skating on ice.

Mrs. Islam's handkerchiefs

It is rumored that Mrs. Islam is a money-lender who uses her different handkerchiefs to give signals to her sons during business deals, just as she did with her husband when he was alive.

Dhaka

Dhaka is the capital city of Bangladesh. It is where Hasina lives and works, and it is where Chanu...

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