Age of Iron Setting & Symbolism

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Republic of South Africa

This nation located on the southernmost portion of the continent of Africa is the setting of the novel.

Cape Town

This city is the legislative capital of the Republic of South Africa and the specific setting of the novel.

Apartheid

This political system was officially in place in South Africa from 1948 to 1994. It is an Afrikaans word meaning "separateness." Its chief characteristic was racial segregation, which led to extreme oppression.

Townships

These were areas where non-whites were forced to live after being evicted from "white only" areas during the Apartheid era of the Republic of South Africa.

Government Avenue

This historic avenue in Cape Town is where the Houses of Parliament are located, and it is also where one character thinks about setting a car on fire.

House of Lies

This is what Mrs. Curren calls the Houses of Parliament. She also calls them...

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