Tropic of Cancer Setting & Symbolism

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Paris

Paris has long been known as a center for literature and art. This reputation draws Henry to the city, as he tries to become a writer, and he cannot leave Paris for long. The suburbs do not have the same attraction, nor does Dijon. Henry must make his transition in Paris, and after he does, he feels the calm beauty and deep history of the place.

America

Henry often thinks of his home country, America, and his home city, New York. With distance comes fondness, but he realizes that America is a concept, an abstraction that does not truly exist. He also remembers how America and New York City could not help him, whereas Paris does.

Dijon

Dijon is the French town that becomes a limbo for Henry, and he experiences true suffering while there. This experience helps him to make the transition into being a writer...

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