Scythe

by

Neal Shusterman

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Scythe Chomsky Character Analysis

One of Scythe Goddard's followers. Chomsky is a hulking man who wears orange robes dotted with rubies. His weapon of choice is a flamethrower, and like Goddard, he takes pleasure in gleaning as spectacularly and as violently as possible. Rowan infers that Chomsky is just as heartless as Goddard is. Rowan kills Chomsky during the gleaning rampage at a Tonist cloister and uses Chomsky's flamethrower to burn the building, as well as the bodies of Goddard's other followers.
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Scythe Chomsky Character Timeline in Scythe

The timeline below shows where the character Scythe Chomsky appears in Scythe. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 16
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...guards have been gleaned and lets the scythes in. Goddard introduces himself and Scythes Volta, Chomsky, and Rand. They compliment his home and ignore him when he asks what their business... (full context)
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...and asks about the size of Maxim's staff. Scythe Rand returns, dragging the pool boy. Chomsky touches the young man and he collapses dead. Chomsky looks delighted. Goddard offers Maxim, his... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...outside and takes him to a wine cellar in the basement. Scythes Goddard, Rand, and Chomsky are there, and Rand passes a "tweaker" over Rowan's body to do something to his... (full context)
Chapter 24
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Rowan spends his days training with Goddard, Chomsky, Volta, and Rand. Rowan often disagrees with what Goddard says, but he never argues. Because... (full context)
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One day, Rowan arrives for training to find Chomsky, Volta, and Rand there with Goddard and a bunch of people. Rowan realizes with horror... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...tells him to get ready: they're gleaning today. A helicopter arrives on the lawn as Chomsky practices aiming his flamethrower. Rowan tries to do the math of how many people they'll... (full context)
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The helicopter lands on the roof at Magnetic Propulsion Laboratories. Goddard, Chomsky, Rand, Volta, and Rowan push past a security guard, and the scythes race down the... (full context)
Chapter 26
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Scythe Goddard serves his scythes a feast that night. He, Chomsky, and Rand seem thrilled with their day's work, but Rowan and Volta are disturbed. Esme... (full context)
Chapter 28
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Scythe Goddard brightly toasts Rowan when he, Volta, Chomsky, and Rand get home. Rowan sees Esme watching and feels ashamed, wondering if she knows... (full context)
Chapter 35
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...the new year in PanAsia, so their gleanings will count toward next year. Everyone but Chomsky, who insists on using his flamethrower, packs samurai swords. Goddard instructs Rowan to bring an... (full context)
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...group to a Tonist cloister and says they're going to glean them all. Rand and Chomsky grin, but Volta nervously suggests that this would show bias. Goddard and Rand shoot him... (full context)
Chapter 36
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...rips his ring off. Goddard tries to speak, but Rowan beheads him. He fights with Chomsky and Rand and kills them both. The curate finally stops Rowan from bludgeoning Chomsky and... (full context)
Chapter 37
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In his journal, Volta writes that Rand and Chomsky often discuss what methods of self-gleaning they'd like to use one day. Volta says he... (full context)
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...the videos, and Xenocrates goes on to say that they've found the remains of Volta, Chomsky, and possibly Rand, all with the gems from their rings and their robes, but they... (full context)