The Stranger in the Woods Setting & Symbolism

Michael Finkel
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Maine

Maine is the location of story and is as important as any of the characters. The setting of Knight’s camp in central Maine is less than 50 miles from where Knight was raised. When Knight first leaves his job, he drives all the way to Florida without really connecting with the environment or people. As he makes his way back to Maine, he starts his wilderness journey in the very remote part of Northern Maine. As he hikes south, he begins to recognize the bird songs, the trees, the landscape. It’s as if he has a homing instinct as much as a pigeon or animal. Not only does the landscape seem inviting to him, but the nature of Mainers allows Knight to exist in solitude without being tracked down. Finkel often refers to the character of Mainers as people who don’t ask too many questions...

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