The Golden Age


Joan London

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The Golden Age Symbols


Gold recurs in various contexts throughout the novel as a symbol of virtue and resilience. Of course, Frank’s last name is Gold. Upon first meeting Frank, Sullivan remarks that his first and last names…

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The Isolation Ward

When Frank, Elsa, or any of the children at the Golden Age experience the onset of polio, they’re sent to the Isolation Ward—a terrifying experience that at once mirrors Frank’s experience during the…

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