SHOUT Setting & Symbolism

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Library

The library and all of its books represent a refuge for Anderson. Initially, she is intimidated by the library, perhaps because she has some sort of learning disability that causes the letters to mimic “ants swarming across the page” (26). A kind soul, Leslie, who lived in Anderson’s attic takes her to Carnegie Library and helps her learn how to read. The library represents freedom and independence, and is described as a metaphorical treasure chest. Additionally, the library provides equity to those less fortunate. Anderson purposefully notes that the library was built by an immigrant so everyone can receive free access to an education (26). The importance of the library dovetails with the theme of class division.

Concrete

In a list poem entitled “ninth grade: my year of living stupidly” Anderson repeatedly references the effects of concrete. As this is the year of her rape, she no doubt...

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