White (Nonfiction) Setting & Symbolism

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San Fernando Valley of California

The San Fernando Valley of California is the place where Ellis grew up. He writes about the way he and other children growing up during that time period were able to walk to school without an adult with them. He also describes the movies he watched as a teen growing up in this area of the country.

Playboy

Playboy magazines represent Ellis’ introduction to sex. Ellis uses the image of this magazine to illustrate the way that coming of age experiences have changed for modern children as a result of the popularity of the Internet. He argues that because sexual images are so easy to find on the Internet that modern teens do not have the excitement or feeling of taboo that he had when he was a teen.

American Psycho

American Psycho is a symbol of America’s greed and obsession with...

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