I Am My Own Wife Setting & Symbolism

Doug Wright
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Charlotte's Museum

Charlotte's museum is where Charlotte not only displays her collection of antiques, but also where the homosexual community of Berlin is forced to meet in secret under the communist regime.

Communism

Communism is a belief in a communal, state-run society. Charlotte lives in East Germany during the time of communism, a time in which homosexuals are forced into hiding. This creates a need for her "museum."

Gramophone/Phonograph

A gramophone or phonograph is a record player. Charlotte is a big fan of record players, preferring them to radios.

Magnus Hirschfeld

Magnus Hirschfeld is a German physician who authored many books dealing with sex. His book, Die Transvestiten, is given to Charlotte by Tante Luise, who tells her it will become her bible.

Mulack-Ritze

The Mulack-Ritze tavern is a restaurant for gays and lesbians. The owner wants the homosexual clientele because they are well behaved and have...

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