The Dispossessed

Tuio Maedda Character Analysis

A Urrasti anarchist whom Shevek seeks out when he realizes that his work will become a property of the Ioti State. A middle-aged man with a “strained, intellectual” disposition, Tuio is a self-described enemy of the Ioti government and a syndicalist working with the socialist Thuvian Workers Union towards change on all of Urras.

Tuio Maedda Quotes in The Dispossessed

The The Dispossessed quotes below are all either spoken by Tuio Maedda or refer to Tuio Maedda. 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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Chapter 9 Quotes

“Do you know what your society has meant, here, to us, these last hundred and fifty years? Do you know that when people here want to wish each other luck they say, ‘May you get reborn on Anarres!’ To know that it exists, to know that there is a society without government, without police, without economic exploitation, that they can never again say that it’s just a mirage, an idealist’s dream! I wonder if you fully understand why they’ve kept you so well hidden out there at Ieu Eun. Why you were never allowed to appear at any meeting open to the public. Why they’ll be after you like dogs after a rabbit the moment they find you’re gone. It’s not just because they want this idea of yours. But because you are an idea. A dangerous one. The idea of anarchism, made flesh. Walking amongst us.”

Related Characters: Tuio Maedda (speaker), Shevek
Page Number: 295
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Tuio Maedda Character Timeline in The Dispossessed

The timeline below shows where the character Tuio Maedda appears in The Dispossessed. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 9
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The Failure of Utopian Ideals Theme Icon
Individualism and Isolation vs. Collectivism and Solidarity Theme Icon
The People vs. the State Theme Icon
...Anarres until he meets the people searching for him. Efor tells Shevek to seek out Tuio Maedda in Joking Lane, at the grocery in Old Town. Shevek is forbidden from leaving... (full context)
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The Failure of Utopian Ideals Theme Icon
Humility and Moderation vs. Ego and Excess Theme Icon
Individualism and Isolation vs. Collectivism and Solidarity Theme Icon
The People vs. the State Theme Icon
At Tuio Maedda’s grocery store, Shevek is led to a back room where he meets Tuio face... (full context)
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Humility and Moderation vs. Ego and Excess Theme Icon
Individualism and Isolation vs. Collectivism and Solidarity Theme Icon
The People vs. the State Theme Icon
Tuio tells Shevek that he will shelter him for the night. Tuio also informs Shevek that... (full context)
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Humility and Moderation vs. Ego and Excess Theme Icon
Individualism and Isolation vs. Collectivism and Solidarity Theme Icon
The People vs. the State Theme Icon
Tuio tells Shevek that Anarresti society has been a beacon of hope to the Urrasti lower... (full context)
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Humility and Moderation vs. Ego and Excess Theme Icon
Individualism and Isolation vs. Collectivism and Solidarity Theme Icon
Shevek hides out in attics and basements over the next several days, and Tuio brings him copies of the papers that have published his manifesto so that he can... (full context)
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The Failure of Utopian Ideals Theme Icon
Humility and Moderation vs. Ego and Excess Theme Icon
Individualism and Isolation vs. Collectivism and Solidarity Theme Icon
The People vs. the State Theme Icon
...for the protest—more people, Shevek realizes, than live in all of Abbenay. Shevek stands with Tuio Maedda and his group on the steps of the Directorate, and delivers a speech. He... (full context)