© 2015 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Age of Iron

Age of Iron

  

by J.M. Coetzee

 Table of Contents

Dr. Syfret

Character Analysis

We never actually meet Dr. Syfret, but he plays a key role in the novel: he's Mrs. Curren's doctor, and he's the one who breaks the news to her that she's going to die. In a way, his attitude towards her diagnosis shapes Mrs. Curren's own view of her predicament. She can tell that Dr. Syfret sees her as hopeless and therefore gives up on her. As a result, Mrs. Curren feels pretty darn hopeless, too.

Advertisement
Advertisement