Naked Lunch Setting & Symbolism

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The Hospital

There are many hospitals throughout the novel. Most of them cater to a variety of ailments, with specific emphasis on drug abuse detoxification programs and on tuberculosis isolation. In each case, the system of treatment is shown to be arbitrary and without considering the needs of the patient.

Hassan's Rumpus Room

Hassan's Rumpus Room is a sexual free - for - all in which spectators watch young boys of various ethnic groups contorted and displayed in erotic performances. The spectators then interact with the young boys, performing all manner of homosexual acts before killing them.

Interzone

Interzone is a city that centers on a common market. The market sells all manner of drugs and sexual favors. The citizens of Interzone have no personal privacy and therefore all the sexual acts that would be private are forced to be public. Interzone is in the midst of intense...

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