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Age of Iron Three-Act Plot Analysis

By J.M. Coetzee

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Three-Act Plot Analysis

Act I

Mrs. Curren finds out that she's going to die of cancer. That very same day, she discovers that a homeless man has camped out on her property.

Act II

Mrs. Curren goes to Gugulethu with Florence; they discover that Bheki has been killed. Then, when she gets home, Bheki's friend shows up. The police come after him and kill him. Mrs. Curren feels like her whole world has been turned upside-down.


Vercueil helps Mrs. Curren as her condition deteriorates. One day she wakes up, asks if it is "time," and Vercueil holds her in a cold embrace.

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