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Kroymann 1 Ethan Kroymann Professor Babine English 180 October 22, 2012 Think Piece Eight Dennis Lehane’s Mystic River , a piece of writing I consider crime literature, follows many past themes within this genre that our class has noticed. Of these themes, the effect of place on characters in the book sticks out to me. In the novel, the three main characters, Sean, Jimmy, and Dave, all live in Boston when they are children. Jimmy and Dave, coming from lower class families, lived in an area of town called the Flats. The Flats was considered a less fortunate neighborhood where houses were not owned, but rather rented and usually were occupied by numerous people at one time. Sean lived in the Point, a nicer part of town. People owned their houses in the Point, had cars parked in front of their homes, and usually looked down upon people from the Flats. Sean also had the luxury of attending a private school while Jimmy and Dave were forced to go to a public school where many people often dropped out.
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