Paradise of the Blind Setting & Symbolism

Dương Thu Hương
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Golden Earrings

Aunt Tam gives Hang expensive golden earring as her first gift.

Tet

Tet is the spring New Year’s celebration where families feast and honor the dead.

Ancestral House

A family’s ancestral house is where the family has lived and where an ancestral altar is built in the deceased’s honor.

Fuzzy White & the Cripple

Fuzzy White is a dog owned by the Cripple who lives in Hang’s neighborhood in Hanoi. She loves the dog and is haunted by the Cripple’s chants.

Cyclo

A cyclo is a giant tricycle with a bench seat in back that men use to give rides to others for a fee.

Moscow

Moscow is where Hang is traveling via train to visit her uncle.

Village

The village is the hometown of Hang’s mother and father, where her Aunt Tam currently lives.

Hanoi

Hanoi is where Hang grew...

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