Ragtime Setting & Symbolism

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New Rochelle

New Rochelle, New York, is the affluent town just outside of New York City where Mother, Father, Mother’s Younger Brother, and the little boy live. The house at New Rochelle becomes the locus of the change: characters within the house either embrace change (Mother, Mother’s Younger Brother), or suffer the consequences of failing to do so (Father).

New York City

A complex setting within the novel, New York City is home to both the wealthiest character (J.P. Morgan) and the poorest (the immigrants). A vital and ever-changing city, New York City is the hub through which much of the major social and economic change of the time is portrayed.

Atlantic City

Hounded by the press, Mother, and Father flee with the little boy and Sarah’s baby to the sea shore at Atlantic City for a bit of peace. They meet the Baron...

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