Winter in the Blood Setting & Symbolism

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The Reservation

The narrator and his family live on an Indian reservation in Montana.

The Ranch

The narrator's father owned a ranch on the reservation that was passed to his wife, Teresa, on his death. This is where the narrator and his family live.

Rifle and Electric Razor

When the girl leaves, she takes the narrator's rifle and electric razor with her. These two seemingly unrelated items are important, though, because of the possible symbolic nature of the items. While both have monetary value, the rifle is representative of the narrator's power, while the razor represents his adulthood. Losing these items to a woman for whom he supposedly has little regard is indicative of woman's ability to contribute to his lack of identity.

Rocking Chair

The narrator's grandmother spends her time in a rocking chair in the living room of their house.

Letter

The narrator picks up a...

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