Feed

Feed

by

M. T. Anderson

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Feed: Part 2: Dead Language Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Still in the hospital, Violet and 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 is a professor who teaches dead languages, such as BASIC. Violet also shows Titus that she keeps a journal, which Titus finds surprising, since he can barely read or write. Violet writes in BASIC, and has been writing since she was a child.  Titus asks, “Why don’t you use the feed? It’s way faster.”
In the future, it seems, people don’t really know how to read or write, unless they’ve learned on their own time (like Violet). Titus can’t understand why someone would want to write by hand, since in his society, the only purpose of words is to communicate as fast as possible.
Themes
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Titus asks Violet why her father can’t come visit her. Violet admits that he’s not too busy, as she’d previously claimed.
Violet begins to open up to Titus, admitting that she’d lied earlier. Although it isn’t clear why, exactly, she lied, it is suggested that her family may not know where she is, or that they may not have the resources to travel to the moon.
Themes
Corporations and Consumerism Theme Icon
Class and Segregation Theme Icon