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Trainspotting Symbols


In Trainspotting, heroin represents the complex relationship between addiction, society, and the conditions that draw people to addiction in the first place. Most of the main characters in Trainspotting use heroin, and for many…

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In Trainspotting, trains represent hope, possibility, and new beginnings. Although trains feature prominently in Trainspotting, offering an escape from the insular and often limiting environment of Leith, they are even more notable by…

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