Little Dorrit Setting & Symbolism

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This is a prison in England where people are held until they or their families can satisfy their debts. Marshalsea is where William Dorrit is held for over twenty years. It is common for the prisoner's families to join them behind the walls to live until the debt is paid. This prison is where Amy is born and lives the majority of her life, until the discovery of the family's wealth. Amy has difficulty imagining a life outside these walls, and a life where guards, or turnkeys did not lock the doors at night. The prison has high walls with spikes on top, and the gates are iron-plated and guarded. There is a narrow garden. The prison is in a town, near the Church of St. George. At any given time there are dozens of prisoners and their families within the walls. Family members, tradesmen, and...

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