This is a phrase found in the beginning of the story which our protagonist says is a saying that is supposed to be said when he feels tempted to break a law or think differently than the way he should. Breaking rules here are punishable by cruel ways of torture and possibly death if the crime is “severe”. Later on he also says that everything worn and their buildings are uniform, bare, and white. (pg. 21). Individuality is not allowed to be expressed.
• Citizens have a fear of the outside world o P. 68 “It is dark in the forest. The leaves rustle over our heads, black against the last gold of the sky. The moss is soft and warm. We shall sleep on this moss for many nights, till the beasts of the forest come to tear our body.” In the forest in Anthem, there is said to be beasts that live in the forest. This is why people have a fear of the outside world. People in a dystopian are believed that the outside world is suppose to be scary, and that there little town is suppose to be a safe place for them. People in the town like to tell people that if you go into the forest, you won’t come back out alive, which gives people the fear of the outside world. • The natural world is banished and distrusted o P.78 “It has been a day of wonder, this, our first day in the forest. We awoke when a ray of sunlight fell across our face. We wanted to leap to our feet, as we have had to leap every morning of our life, but we remembered suddenly that no bell had rung and that there was no bell to ring anywhere.” This passage in the book shows that these kids are on their own. Its shows that there happy to be banished from this dystopian world. There free to do whatever they want whenever they want. They have no rules to break, for they can do whatever they want. There banished from their perfect world. This shows there happy, and glad. There their own person as individuals and no one can say anything about it.
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- person, The Council, Faces, natural world, dystopian characteristics