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M. T. Anderson

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The moon Symbol Analysis

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Feed opens with Titus and his friends traveling to the moon, only to be underwhelmed by the experience. The moon, they find, is dull and predictable—same stores, same foods, same people, and so forth. It is, of course, disturbing to think that there might come a point in the future when people might be so thoroughly numb and apathetic that they even complain about how boring their trip to the moon was. But this is Anderson’s point: the moon is a symbol for the way the society described in Feed takes everything that is beautiful and mysterious about the world and transforms it into something that is tacky, banal, and above all consumable. In this way, the moon becomes an unlikely symbol of consumer malaise in Feed.

The moon Quotes in Feed

The Feed quotes below all refer to the symbol of The moon. 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:
Corporations and Consumerism Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Candlewick Press edition of Feed published in 2012.
Part 1: Your Face is Not An Organ Quotes

We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck.

Related Characters: Titus (speaker)
Related Symbols: The moon
Page Number: 3
Explanation and Analysis:
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The moon Symbol Timeline in Feed

The timeline below shows where the symbol The moon appears in Feed. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: Your Face is Not An Organ
Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
The novel begins, “we went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck.” The narrator of the... (full context)
Corporations and Consumerism Theme Icon
Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
The friends go to the moon, and their “feeds” give them lots of information about what to buy. Titus thought that... (full context)
Corporations and Consumerism Theme Icon
Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
In part, Titus wants to go to the moon to “meet someone.” He’s been feeling lonely, even when his feed tells him about new... (full context)
Corporations and Consumerism Theme Icon
Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
Class and Segregation Theme Icon
...complains that Link is “smashing” his “organs,” but Link ignores him. A waitress on the moon ship smiles at Link and calls him a “nice young man,” but only because Link... (full context)
Part 1: Impact
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...can barely see. The messages from his feed are “goldy and sparkling,” but the actual moon is full of air vents “streaked with black.” (full context)
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Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
Class and Segregation Theme Icon
...dinner at a restaurant which is “just like the one at home.” Titus notices the moon has artificial gravity that makes it “almost like normal, which is how I like it.” (full context)
Part 1: The Moon is in the House of Boring
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Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
The girl, Titus learns, has come to the moon without any friends, even though it’s spring break. Her name is Violet. The friends invite... (full context)
Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
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...notices that she seems “uncomfortable.”  She chats that she’s not used to going to the moon. Titus explains that he’s been to Mars, which was “dumb.” Violet seems to find this... (full context)
Part 2: Father
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...her parents are “busy with jobs,” and might not be able to come to the moon at all. (full context)
Part 2: Release
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The ads explain that people have been protesting the American “annexation of the moon” under the leadership of the American President Trumbull. Other ads sell a “feed-sim battle game”... (full context)
Part 3: Lose the Chemise
Corporations and Consumerism Theme Icon
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...her father. Violet explains that it costs a lot of money to fly to the moon—more than her father can afford. Then, Violet tells Titus to drop her off at the... (full context)
Part 4: 54.1%
Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
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...says, “I keep picturing you dead already.” Violet gets quiet. She remembers going to the moon for spring break, and how she had thought that she could have a “normal” life... (full context)