Manhattan Transfer Setting & Symbolism

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New York City

Everything happens in New York City. It is the place to come to and the place to leave. The city sparkles, punishes, builds, threatens, distracts, comforts and grinds like a massive skyscraper mill.

Ellis Island

People come to America through Ellis Island, and when deported, they leave by Ellis Island. It is the gateway to New York City from other countries, and immigration is an ongoing process.

Broadway

Ellen and her acting friends center their lives on Broadway. Few scenes actually take place here, only references to events, but Broadway is always on their minds.

Wall Street

The Street is where wealth is created and where wealth is lost. It can be a harsh environment with big winners or losers on a single day, or it can be a tide that raises all ships. The Street can also crash into a million worthless pieces. If...

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