Lost in the Funhouse Setting & Symbolism

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East Dorset, Maryland

East Dorset, Maryland is a fictional town where Ambrose Mensch and his family reside. There is a “small town” feel to East Dorset and it is located near an unnamed river.

Ocean City, Maryland

Ocean City, Maryland is a real-life tourist destination the Mensch family visits every July 4th. During the World War II era, there was a boardwalk, rides, ocean access and a funhouse.

Sparta

Sparta was an important city-state of Ancient Greece and plays a role in the story “Menelaiad.” Menelaus was the fictional king of Sparta and his wife Helen was also associated with the location. The Trojan War is discussed in terms of its effect on Sparta and the relationship/marriage between Menelaus and Helen.

The Jungle

The Jungle is an area above the riverbank near Ambrose’s home where the boys have secret meetings. It is actually a grove of...

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