The Monkey Wrench Gang Setting & Symbolism

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Glen River Dam

The Glen River Dam is the initial focus of the four environmentalists in the novel. The damn, an ecological nightmare, buried towns and entire stretches of landscape underwater when it was formed.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico is the home of Doc and Abbzug, and the area these individuals first begin destroying billboards in what they call a beautification project.

Colorado River

The Colorado River is the river that was stopped by the Glen Canyon Dam. It is also the river used by Smith in his business, the river both Doc and Abbzug dream of traveling, and the river Hayduke dreams of while a prisoner in Vietnam. The river, to all of them, symbolizes the beauty and peacefulness of nature.

Vietnam/Vietnam War

As a country, the area of Vietnam consists mostly of jungle. It is the home of Hayduke for fourteen months. The...

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