Ready Player One | Study Guide

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Ready Player One | Level 2, Chapter 0025 | Summary

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Summary

Parzival and Shoto meet inside the OASIS. Shoto tells Parzival the Sixers killed Daito in real life the previous evening by breaking into his high-rise apartment in Tokyo and throwing him over his balcony. Shoto was completing the Zork quest while Daito was battling with the Sixers when the murder occurred. The news reports it as a suicide. Parzival and Shoto reveal their true names to each other. Shoto explains Daito was his brother only in the OASIS, not in real life; they never actually met.

Shoto gives Parzival the Beta Capsule, the artifact that allows its bearer to transform into Ultraman. He tells Parzival he now seeks to avenge Daito's death rather than find Halliday's Easter egg. Parzival gives Shoto a samurai sword.

Analysis

The line between life in the OASIS and life in the real world becomes increasingly blurred. Parzival is surprised to learn Shoto and Daito, who presented themselves as brothers, never met each other in real life. Even so, Shoto's grief for his lost OASIS brother is very real. The Sixers' powerful advantage in the game causes distress for both Parzival and Shoto; in the previous chapter Parzival became suicidal when Nolan Sorrento secured the Crystal Key, and now Shoto mourns Daito's death. Grief compels Shoto to abandon the quest in favor of seeking revenge.

Daito's death leads to a new level of trust and friendship between Shoto and Parzival, symbolized by their exchange of real-life personal details. Shoto is filled with regret that he never knew Daito's real name or met him in real life. Parzival and Shoto's exchange of weapons symbolizes a new level of collaboration. In such dire times honor and cooperation have become more important than any desire to succeed independently.

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