Depiction Of The Berlin Wall

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The Depiction of the Berlin Wall and the Relation to its Historical Importance
The Berlin Wall, built in August of 1961, was a physical symbol of the division between East and West Germany. After World War II, East Germany, also known as the German Democratic Republic, constructed a wall that remained an indication of the divide of Germany for almost thirty years. The purpose of this barrier was to separate democratic West Germany from communist East Germany. During the Cold War, crossing this concrete wall was not an easy task, and it most likely led to punishment and death.
The novel The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, written by John le Carré, illustrates the tasks of West European spies during the Cold War. The Berlin Wall played a key role throughout the Cold War, thus le Carré wrote about crossing the Wall in his book. The two parts from the novel that will be analyzed contain descriptions of characters attempting to crossing the Wall. The novel begins with the death of Karl Riemeck. Karl, a British spy, was trying to escape East Berlin and cross over into West Berlin before being shot. The second event occurs toward the end of the novel. Alec Leamas and his love interest, Liz, are both shot while trying to get over the Berlin Wall. These events represent how dangerous crossing from the East to the West was back during the Cold War. The Berlin Wall can be seen as a potent symbol in the novel The Spy Who Came in from the Cold because the depiction of the Wall involves…

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