Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? Setting & Symbolism

Winterson, Jeanette
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200 Water Street

200 Water Street is the address of Mr. and Mrs. Winterson's home in Accrington and it is where Jeanette grew up until she was kicked out of the house at age sixteen. It is a narrow house with a small lobby, a formal parlor, a kitchen and a living room on the main floor. Upstairs there are two bedrooms. The only toilet is outdoors until Jeanette is fourteen when the second bedroom is divided and one half is turned into a bathroom. This house is the backdrop for Jeanette's childhood and represents both the family's poverty and their religious convictions. Religious exhortations pasted up on the walls make faith and God an omnipresent factor in Jeanette's childhood. Although this is where Jeanette lived for all the early years of her life, it fails to embody the qualities she believes a home should have. It is not a...

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