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Little Brother's Coffee Habit

Exploring the Symbolism and History Behind Coffee in the Novel


Coffee is a ritual for some, a habit for many, and a universal beverage enjoyed across time and cultures. Cory Doctrow’s fiction novel “Little Brother” pays ample attention to the simple drink and revisits it time and time again; as a symbol, as a reminder, or as a familiarity. The book, which follows the journey of an intelligent teenager named Marcus in the aftermath of a large terrorist attack on San Fransisco and the police state that it brought about, mentions coffee forty-one different times in its 133 pages. Regardless of the authors intention of using coffee as a symbol, throughout history it has been a drug of change and a social necessity. Throughout this hypertext I will demonstrate the importance of coffee in the the novel “Little Brother” and discuss its historical parallels.

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Coffee prepared in the traditional Turkish way (Stock Photo)


If you are interested in how coffee has been associated with revolutions in the past, visit the historical page

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