When the Tripods Came Setting & Symbolism

John Christopher
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England

England is the novel's primary setting, the home of Andy and his family, and the site of what the narrative implies is the only successful one of the three initial Tripod landings ("success" being defined by the Tripods' apparent accessing of the human brain that in turn enables the Tripods' eventual control of the collective human mind—see "Topics for Discussion - Do you think ..."

The Tripods

The Tripods first appear as machines, consisting of a capsule with a pointed top and flat bottom, standing on three metallic legs. On the flat side of the capsule is a circle of individual, glass-like panels, resembling windows. Each of the Tripods is equipped with a pair of metallic tentacles, capable of agile, at times even delicate, movement. Their initial appearance is portrayed as being initially dangerous but ultimately weak, but later appearances portray them as calculated, dominant, and...

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