Detroit In David Gardenhire's The Turner House

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The Detroit starts off as a place that would be defined as “opportunity”, but the deeper you get into the novel you learn that Detroit becomes somewhat as a burden. Detroit no longer brings the opportunities that it once did, it beings to harbor negative vibes throughout the novel. Somehow the city of Detroit places a burden on the characters of The Turner House all in different ways. But they all ultimately tie into being a negative burden, rather than the land of opportunity that it once was.
Although this novel primarily focuses on the Turner family, David Gardenhire is a great example of how Detroit represents a place of burden throughout this novel. Detroit was always a home to David Gardenhire and all of the Turner family, but as soon as everyone has grown up it no longer feels like home. An example of how Detroit feels like a burden is when David states that “He was not like Troy, who held on to a notion of still
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For everyone Detroit somehow has a negative pulling for them, there is something holding them there. For Cha-Cha Detroit constantly reminds him of how he never really was able to get out and do what he wanted because he needed to be the patriarch for the family. In a way he was someone the family needed to depend on since he was the oldest of 13 children. He also was constantly reminded of the pull that the haint had on him. Not only did the Turner House reflect how Detroit was a burden on Cha-Cha, Francis, and David Gardenhire, but it shows the you the burden Detroit brought from the point of view of Lelah Turner. Lelah Turner was the youngest of the 13 Turner children, and all Detroit did for her was remind her of how much of a failure she is compared to others in her family. Lelah had always wanted to leave Detroit due to this burden, but like all of the other characters Detroit had a constant pull on her whether she wanted it to or
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