Feed

Feed

by

M. T. Anderson

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Titus’s dad is depicted as an emotionally distant, vacuous man—in a way, the kind of adult Titus is in grave danger of becoming. He works in banking, and is usually so immersed in talking via his feed that he can’t be bothered to say anything to his son. Dad takes a condescending view of anyone who dares to criticize corporations, including Violet Durn. As the novel nears its end, it’s revealed that Dad may have been having an affair with a coworker, though nothing comes of this revelation.

Dad / Steve Quotes in Feed

The Feed quotes below are all either spoken by Dad / Steve or refer to Dad / Steve. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Candlewick Press edition of Feed published in 2012.
Part 3: The Dimples of Delglacey Quotes

"You know what he was in?" said my dad. "Remember Virtual Blast? He played the fifth Navy Seal, with the croup. You know, coughing."
"He was in the feature with all the crazy utensils," said my mother. "A few years ago? That one? He was the doorman in the pillbox hat." I had already pulled up a list of his feed-features and I was going over them. None of them got more than two stars.

Related Characters: Titus (speaker), Mom (speaker), Dad / Steve (speaker), DelGlacey Murdoch
Page Number: 117
Explanation and Analysis:
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Dad / Steve Character Timeline in Feed

The timeline below shows where the character Dad / Steve appears in Feed. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2: Father
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Titus’s dad shows up at the hospital, trying to look “businesslike.” When he visits his son, he... (full context)
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Titus asks his dad how “Smell Factor” is doing, and his father replies, “Your brother has a name.” Titus’s... (full context)
Part 2: Dead Language
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...Titus talk about their families. Titus explains that he has a little brother, that his dad does “some kind of banking thing,” and that his mom is “in design.” Violet’s father... (full context)
Part 3: The Dimples of Delglacey
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Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
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...thinks he is dumb. Mom tells him he’s “a wonderful boy,” and asks Steve (Titus’s dad) to agree. Steve says, “as handsome as a duck in butter.” (full context)
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...that he has the chin and dimples of DelGlacey Murdoch, an actor who Mom and Dad thought would become a star. After watching one of his films, Mom and Dad went... (full context)
Part 3: Lift
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On Saturday, Titus and his dad go to test-drive upcars, and Violet joins. While Titus test-drives, Dad looks out the window,... (full context)
Part 3: A Question of Moral
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That night, the family eats dinner with Violet. Dad is very proud that his son owns his own upcar. Violet suggests that she and... (full context)
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Titus asks his parents about the hacker, and Dad confirms that he’s dead, adding, “There wasn’t any reason for you to know.” While Dad... (full context)
Part 3: Observe the Remarkable Verdure
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In the car outside, Titus tells Violet that her dad is “something.” Violet explains that her father thinks language is dying, and therefore tries to... (full context)
Part 3: So Much To Do
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Suddenly, Mom and Smell Factor return home. Violet ends up staying for dinner, from which Dad is absent. Mom chats Titus about how Violet is a “great girl.” (full context)
Part 4: 57.2%
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Titus’s dad hasn’t been home in weeks, and his mom is angry. Smell Factor runs around, crying... (full context)
Part 4: The Deep
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At dinner, Titus’s dad shows his family feed memories of his latest “corporate adventure,” in which he and his... (full context)
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...someone chats him, “She wanted me to tell you when everything stopped.” Because he’s experiencing Dad’s memory, he’s forced to look down a middle-aged “V.P. lady”’s blouse and get “completely turned... (full context)