Trainspotting Setting & Symbolism

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Leith

Leith is a working class neighborhood in the north of Edinburgh where all the characters of the novel live. It is presented as a generally downtrodden area populated mostly by addicts, skinheads, and lower middle class families in council houses. It also seems to be an area that characters cannot leave. Try as they might, they are always pulled back into the old neighborhood by a funeral or a simple desire to return.

London

London is where Stevie lives with Stella and Renton moves for a brief clean period in the novel. It is the city that many of the characters from the novel go when they want to escape the Edinburgh scene for a while or - as in the last chapter - need to arrange a lucrative drug deal.

Glasgow

Glasgow and its populace are much despised by Renton in the novel. The populace of...

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