Happiness: A Memoir Setting & Symbolism

Heather Harpham
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New York City

New York City represents a return to a previous lifestyle as well as a place of potential pain. Heather flees New York to return to California when Brian refuses to change his mind regarding fatherhood. When she returns, she feels fear that their newly repaired relationship will not be able to survive.

California

California represents a place of comfort and love for Heather, her childhood home and where she returns to begin motherhood. The warm weather and clear skies provide a revitalizing escape.

Hospital

The hospital represents a place of fear and discomfort for Heather and Brian because they spend such a large time there with Gracie while she undergoes various treatments. However, Gracie also recovers and regains her life while in treatment.

Airport

The airport represents a place of meeting in the middle and sacrifice. For Brian, who commutes between New York and California...

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