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The setting of Revolutionary Road is mundane, suburban Connecticut in the mid-1950s, in the aftermath of the Second World War. In the novel, Connecticut is referred to as a "place of emptiness and hopelessness", but this was the dawning of a new materialistic age when many American values were changing, including those of work and marriage. Technology was rapidly advancing; the television had recently been introduced, and people who lived in the newly built suburbs were beginning to commute to the cities by train.
Connecticut is New England’s second smallest and southernmost state. It is located in the northeastern United States. Covering an area of approximately 5,018 square miles, it is the 29th most populous state and home to 3.4 million residents. Connecticut is bordered by Massachusetts to the north, Rhode Island to the east, Long Island Sound to the south and New York to the west. The Connecticut River cuts through the centre of the state and flows into Long Island Sound.
Hartford, the state capital, is home to many of the world's insurance companies and, at almost 400 years old, is among the oldest cities in the United States. Other cities in Connecticut include Bridgeport (the largest in the state), New Haven, Stamford, New Britain and Bristol.
Both suburban to New York City and a New England state, Connecticut boasts thriving industry and idyllic landscapes. Its beaches and forested hills lie alongside urban skylines and modern expressways. Yale University, an Ivy League school, is in Connecticut.
With a long history that dates back to early colonial times, Connecticut was extremely influential in the development of the federal government.
Paris, situated on the River Seine, is the capital and largest city in France. In Revolutionary Road, Frank and April Wheeler enthusiastically talk about relocating to Paris in the hope they can escape the problems they've encountered in Connecticut.
Located in the Île-de-France region, Paris is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful and animated cities in Europe, comprising an abundance of iconic cultural landmarks and popular tourist attractions. Perhaps the most renowned are the cathedral Notre Dame de Paris, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower.
Today, Paris enjoys a deserved status as one of the world’s great cities, with a significant influence in fashion, science, politics and the arts. It is also one of the world’s leading business and cultural centres.
Chester is a city of around 37,000 people, situated on the Delaware River in the state of Pennsylvania, between Philadelphia and Wilmington.
Englewood is a city in New Jersey, with a population of approximately 26,000 people.
Bethune Street in Manhattan was named after Joanna Bethune, who co-founded the New York Orphan Asylum.
Morningside Heights, in Manhattan, New York City, is part of the Upper West side. The neighbourhood is enclosed by Morningside Park, Harlem and Riverside Park, and is the home of Columbia University. The main road through the neighbourhood is Broadway.
Madison Avenue is located in Manhattan, New York City, and runs from Madison Square to Madison Avenue Bridge. The avenue carries northbound one-way traffic from 23rd Street to 135th Street.
It has traditionally been the heart of the New York advertising industry, hence the TV series, Mad Men.
Newark is a city in New Jersey. It is the largest city in the state, with a population of approximately 280,000.
It is located within close proximity of both Manhattan and Staten Island, and is home to Newark Liberty International Airport.
The Great Plains is a grassland region in North America which lies between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains and includes parts of Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico and Nebraska. It also stretches north into Canada. The region covers an area of approximately 1,3000,000 square kilometers and was home to migrating American Bison herds until the late 1800s. The climate varies greatly throughout the year, with very hot summers and extremely cold winters. The region is of growing importance in the generation of wind power.
Roslyn is a village on the north shore of Long Island in Nassau County, New York.
West Tenth Street is in the West Village, New York City.
The terminal can be accessed from 42nd Street and Park Avenue.
Minneapolis-Saint Paul is an urban area comprising 186 cities and townships, located in Minnesota. It is commonly nicknamed the Twin Cities: Saint Paul is the state capital; Minneapolis is the state's largest city.
The area is centered around the Mississippi, Minnesota and St. Croix rivers.
St. Germain des Prés is an area around the church of the former Abbey of Saint Germain des Prés in Paris, on the left bank of the Seine. The area has many bars and cafés, and was considered the centre of the existentialist movement.
Sutton Place is one of the most affluent streets in Manhattan, between Midtown and the Upper East Side. The street only spans two blocks (57th-59th street), and runs along the East River.
Bennington is a town in Vermont. It is the largest town in the south of the state, and is home to the tallest structure in Vermont: the Bennington Battle Monument.
Holyoke is a city in Massachusetts, next to the Connecticut River. It was one of the first planned industrial communities.
Westchester County is situated at the southeastern tip of the state of New York. It was named after the city of Chester, England. To the south of Westchester are New York City and Long Island Sound, to the north is Putnam County; to the east is Connecticut and the Hudson River is to the west. The largest city is Yonkers.
South Bend is a city on the St. Joseph river. It is the fourth largest city in Indiana and home of the University of Notre Dame, which is largely responsible for the city's tourism.
Harrisburg is the ninth largest city in Pennsylvania, and is situated on the east bank of the Susquehanna River. The city played a significant part in the American Civil War, the Industrial Revolution and the Westward migration, giving it an important place in American history. The introduction of the Pennsylvania Canal and Railroad gave Harrisburg a reputation as one of the most industrialised cities in the northeastern United States.
Wilmington is situated at the confluence of the Christina River and Brandywine Creek, and is the largest city in Delaware.
The Grand Canal in Venice, Italy, is an important transport artery for water-buses, water-taxis and gondolas. The Canal runs from the lagoon near Santa Lucia railway station to Saint Mark Basin and is 3,800m long.
Stamford is a city near the southwestern point of Connecticut, the fourth largest in the state. It is part of the Greater New York Metropolitan area.
White Plains is a city located in south Westchester, New York, approximately 6 km east of the Hudson River. It is one of the edge cities that have developed outside New York City for business, shopping and entertainment.
Pittsfield is the largest city in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. The city is situated at the fork of the east and west branches of the Housatonic River. To the west of the city is Pittsfield State Forest.