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The Winter of Our Discontent Setting & Symbolism

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Objects/Places

Grocery Store

The store is never named in the novel, but it is Ethan's place of humiliation, contemplation, plotting, conversations and eventually success. The plot revolves around characters being in or around the store, and almost all of the major plot points take place there. Ethan addresses the produce, the canned goods, the condiments, and even the stray cat there as if they were his true friends. The store is used symbolically on a daily basis, with Ethan sweeping it, cleaning it, and dealing with life there.

Ethan's Special Place

This is a place no one knows about except Ethan, and it is where he sorts things out. It is a secretive place near the pier on the harbor and is actually more dangerous than a sanctuary should be. Ethan has used this place since he was a child, and as usual has shared it with no one...

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