That Was Then, This Is Now Setting & Symbolism

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Drugs

Drugs are a big lure to the kids in Bryon’s town. There’s not much to do for fun in that area and there’s also money to be made off of selling them. Unfortunately for Bryon, he sees firsthand the pain caused by drugs when one of his friends suffers a mental breakdown from taking them. When he later finds out that Mark has been selling drugs, Bryon feels an overwhelming urge to make Mark pay for this suffering, even though he never sold drugs to their friend.

Cars

Cars are an integral parts of the lives of the teenagers in Bryon’s town. A lot of them like to cruise down a strip of road called the Ribbon. As Bryon starts dating Cathy, he needs to have a car in which to drive them. He also likes to cruise and uses a car to...

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