The Berlin Wall has only recently been built and is still being fortified during the period when the novel’s action takes place. For many living through this period of history, the Wall was the symbol of Cold War divisions and tensions. In the novel, the Wall symbolizes not only a world divided in two, however. It is also a symbol of the violence that threatens anyone who tries to go between these two sides, as well as the threat of another outbreak of massive war between countries.
The Berlin Wall Quotes in The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
Shielding his eyes he looked down at the foot of the wall and at last he managed to see her, lying still. For a moment he hesitated, then quite slowly he climbed back down the same rungs, until he was standing beside her. She was dead; her face was turned away, her black hair drawn across her cheek as if to protect her from the rain.
They seemed to hesitate before firing again; someone shouted an order, and still no one fired. Finally they shot him, two or three shots. He stood glaring round him like a blinded bull in the arena. As he fell, Leamas saw a small car smashed between great lorries, and the children waving cheerfully through the window.