The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman Setting & Symbolism

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Bayonne, Louisiana

Bayonne is the small Louisiana town where Ned is shot by Cluveau.

The black stallion

Joe Pittman tries to break the stallion as a part of his job and as a test of his manhood.

The hoodoo powder

Madame Gautier gives Jane hoodoo powder to sprinkle around the bed so that Joe will not try to break the black stallion.

Big Laura’s / Ned's flint

Ned continues to carry the flint around after Big Laura’s death to light fires and as a source of strength and remembrance.

Rivers

Rivers appear throughout the novel as a source of nature’s vitality and untamable power.

Ohio

Ohio is the home state of the Union soldier who gives Jane her name. The young girl tries to travel there after she gains her freedom.

The Ranch

Joe and Jane move to the ranch near the Texas-Louisiana border after leaving...

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