The City & the City Themes

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Culture

The primary plot throughout the entire novel is about the cultural differences between the two cities of Beszel and Ul Qoma. Additionally, the plot is about the dividing line, or the boundaries, between these two cultural that share so many areas of the country. While the cultures of these two cities have numerous differences, they also have similarities because both cultures were founded on the same basis.

Events that took place in history have molded and shaped the cultures of each city. War has bred hate between the people of the two cities. Primarily, the politicians that represent Beszel and Ul Qoma have fostered this hate and beefed up the dividing line by creating laws that dictate that citizens of one country have to "unsee" citizens, objects and places of another country.

The Breach agency is another aspect that exacerbates the cultural differences and the divide between these...

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