Life on the Outside: The Prison Odyssey of Elaine Bartlett Setting & Symbolism

Jennifer Gonnerman
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Harlem

Harlem is located on the north end of Manhattan. Traditionally an African-American neighborhood, it is known for its housing projects. This is where Elaine lives prior to her arrest. Her meagerly decorated apartment is located in one of these Harlem housing projects.

Albany

Albany lies two and a half hours away from Harlem by train. This is where Elaine's drug deal is supposed to take place. The couple who supposedly want to buy the cocaine from Elaine live in Albany and do not want to travel to Harlem. Elaine travels to Albany instead.

Bedford Hills

The prison Elaine is sentenced to do in time is known as the Bedford Hills Correctional Institution. It is thirty-five miles from Harlem. Elaine spends the duration of her prison term at this prison. She is sentenced to twenty-years to life, but serves sixteen years before being released.

13 B - The Wald House

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