Orange Is the New Black Setting & Symbolism

Piper Kerman
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Brussels Airport

The Brussels Airport is where Piper committed the crime of money laundering. The memoir began here and this thus serves as the setting representing the beginning of her journey through the world of crime, the story’s central focus.

In choosing to begin the story here, Piper showed herself to be an open and believable narrator. In allowing the reader’s first impression to be that of her biggest mistake, Piper presented herself as trustworthy and thus added validity to the rest of her story.

As this was the setting of her crime, Piper’s anxious attitude in Brussels Airport was juxtaposed to the freedom she felt upon release from prison at the close of the memoir.

Northampton, Massachesettes

Northampton, Massachusetts is the location of Smith College, the college Piper attended. Piper’s family thought very highly of education and her graduating from Smith College satisfied...

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