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On Golden Pond Setting & Symbolism

Ernest Thompson
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Golden Pond

Golden Pond is a lake in Maine where the Thayers have a summer home.

The Living Room

The majority of the play takes place in the living room of the Thayers' summer home.

Screen Door

The screen door falls off the hinges during the first scene and Norman promises to fix it but he does not until Act 2, Scene 1.

Swiss Family Robinson

Swiss Family Robinson is the novel Norman suggests Billy read on his first night at Golden Pond.

Chelsea's Letter

Chelsea sends her mother a letter in the second scene of the first act announcing that she has a new boyfriend and will be bringing him with her to visit for Norman's eightieth birthday.

Fishing Poles

When Billy comes to stay, Norman gets out all the fishing gear and takes Billy fishing nearly every day.


Norman has a group of hats that he is continuously trying on. Ethel does not like any of them.

Tollhouse Cookies

Ethel makes Tollhouse cookies that Billy really likes and requests she send to him after he returns to California.

Camp Koochakiyi

Camp Koochakiyi is the camp across the lake from the Thayers' summer home. Both Chelsea and Ethel went to the camp as children.

Plymouth Volare

Plymouth Volare is the name of the car Chelsea rented when she returns to Golden Pond to pick up Billy. Chelsea is careful to learn the name of the car this time because her father criticized her lack of knowledge the last time.

Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles is where Chelsea lives with Bill and Billy.

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