Sometimes a Great Notion Setting & Symbolism

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The Old Stamper Place

This is the home of the Stamper family, where several domestic scenes including confrontation, recognition, reconciliation, revelation, and plain old mealtimes take place. Its ramshackle construction, in that it's held together with rope and bloody mindedness, repaired with barrel staves and determination, represents the ramshackle way in which the family itself is held together. The way it's perched precariously on the constantly eroded banks of a volatile river represents the way the will and success of the family is constantly being eroded by citizens of the town. The fact that the house is still standing at the end of the novel symbolically parallels the way Hank and Lee continue to strive to achieve the family's dream - as long as the house still stands, so does the family.

The "Never Give A Inch" Sign

The sign was originally a picture of Jesus, but was...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
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