Empire of the Sun Setting & Symbolism

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Lunghua Camp

Lunghua camp is where Jim is imprisoned with over a thousand other prisoners. It comes to represent his home more than his old house on Amherst Avenue. When the war is over and Jim has to find new shelter, he instinctively heads back to Lunghua camp.

Planes

Jim is fascinated with warplanes and dreams of being a fighter pilot. He compares the Japanese planes with the American planes and decides the American planes are the best. It is also the arrival of the American planes that signals the end of the war and new food supplies.

Packard Cars

Jim’s family owns a Packard car. It is one of many signs of their wealth. He mentions to Mr. Tulloch, a Packard mechanic, that his family owned one and that fact allowed him back into Lunghua camp.

Amherst Avenue

This is the wealthy street where Jim lived...

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