Surfacing Setting & Symbolism

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The Lake Cabin

The lake cabin – the cabin is the locale for nearly all of the events in the novel and is the childhood home of the narrator.

The Outhouse

The outhouse is a hiding place for the narrator when she wants to avoid conflict and also the place where David tries to take her in order to sleep with her. She remembers helping her parents build it when she was a child.

The City

The city is never named in the novel, not the ones that David, Anna, or Joe come from, or any other that any characters live in. The term reflects the narrator’s view of cities as places that typically are mechanistic and far removed from the natural world.

The Village

Though less dangerous than the “city,” the village near the narrator’s lake cabin childhood home is still parochial and backwards in her...

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