The Moviegoer Setting & Symbolism

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Elysian Fields

The home of Aunt Emily. It is no coincidence that her house is called Elysian Fields in the book since this area represented the final resting place of souls in Greek mythology. For John, it will be the place where his destiny is chosen and written for him by Aunt Emily, who ultimately is a god-like presence in his life with her pure unselfishness and commanding nature over his daily actions.

Gentilly

Where John currently lives and where he is most happy with its peaceful environment.

Chicago

The site of a business meeting that Uncle Jules asks John to attend. Kate will come with him to Chicago at the last moment and it is on the train there that they will consummate their relationship. Kate is happiest in Chicago, free from her constraints in New Orleans

Gulf Coast

Where John takes Sharon in an attempt to...

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