Neal Shusterman

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Anastasia Romanov Symbol Analysis

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The name Citra takes on when she becomes an ordained scythe—Anastasia Romanov—symbolizes Citra’s hopes for positive change in the Scythedom. The historical Anastasia Romanov was seventeen years old when she and the rest of the Russian royal family were executed during the Bolshevik Revolution in 1918, and thus she never did anything of note. Though this is an odd choice given the precedent for scythes' names to come from mortal age scientists or philosophers (like Scythe Curie’s choice of Marie Curie as her Patron Historic, for instance), Citra chooses her name as to symbolize the future for the Scythedom that she'd like to see. She points out that young Anastasia died before she could do anything—good or bad—for Russia, but Citra would like to take that idea of unused potential and cast herself as a positive vision of the future. In this vision, all scythes are held to high standards of conduct and represent the most moral and righteous part of society.

Anastasia Romanov Quotes in Scythe

The Scythe quotes below all refer to the symbol of Anastasia Romanov. 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:
Coming of Age Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon & Schuster edition of Scythe published in 2017.
Chapter 40 Quotes

"Had she lived, who knows what she might have done. Perhaps she could have changed the world and redeemed her family name. I choose to be Scythe Anastasia. I vow to become the change that might have been."

Related Characters: Citra Terranova (speaker), Rowan Damisch, High Blade Xenocrates
Related Symbols: Anastasia Romanov
Page Number: 428
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Anastasia Romanov Symbol Timeline in Scythe

The timeline below shows where the symbol Anastasia Romanov appears in Scythe. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 40
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...Historic and gives her the ring. Citra says she wants to be known as Scythe Anastasia Romanov . Xenocrates isn't pleased. He points out that the Russian czars were known for abusing... (full context)