Frank Norris Writing Styles in McTeague: A Story of San Francisco

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Setting

The novel is set in the early years of the twentieth century, in San Francisco, California. The characters live in a quaint neighbourhood on Polk Street. The novel takes place primarily inside the flat that most of the characters share, with some events (such as the argument between McTeague and Marcus) taking place at the local pub. This narrow view of the world in which the characters live serves to shine a bright light on the nature of the characters themselves and on the nature of their daily interactions, without the distraction of outside events.

A few key events in the story center on a park. This is where McTeague and Trina begin their relationship, and it is the scene of a wrestling-match-gone-bad between McTeague and Marcus. Towards the end of the novel, other settings are involved. A kindergarten that turns into a gruesome murder scene is Trina's...

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