Swann's Way Setting & Symbolism

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Magic Lantern

In the Narrator's bedroom, there is a lampshade decorated with various scenes of historical and mythical creatures. The Narrator despises this intrusion to a place that is barely tolerable to him anyway. The scenes are meant to distract him and to help him sleep, but the lantern instead causes him to spend hours analyzing every detail and become aggravated by its depictions of stories.

Narrator's Bedroom

The Narrator does not enjoy going to bed because he cannot sleep well and it means separation from his Mamma. He resists going to his bedroom and finds all furnishings, even the drapes, to have hostile intentions for him. He finds the bed and surroundings extremely uncomfortable and is unable to find rest.

Combray

A town in France, Combray is where the Narrator's family spend their summers. The Narrator goes into considerable detail describing the town, its people, the walls...

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