What is worth reading and why? The Ecole Bilingue Middle School Independent Reading blog
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Q: What does Violet mean by “our salad days”Monique’s A: Maybe it means that they are cleansing themselves from the feed, cuz salad is healthy. Also, it could be an allusion to the “vegetative state” of a coma, meaning you are just a lump of flesh; useless and incapable of thought.We concurred that the author was trying to show that the human mind on its own has become virtually useless. No one has to work to be smart, most of them can’t even read: “Before [the feed] they had to use their hands and eyes. Computers were all outside the body. The carried them around outside of them, in their hands, like if you carried your lungs in a briefcase and opened it to breathe.” The author emphasized this by a blatant lack of metaphor and by speaking in the protagonists simple and unvaried voice.Q: How is the book commenting on the present?We decided that the book was talking about things like how people are attached and can’t “live” without their phones. The author seems to be talking about the future but he is really just talking about the present.
Actually salad days is an expression first appearing in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra and Julius Caesar. (In Julius Caesar: "My salad days, / When I was green in judgment, cold in blood...") It means a youthful time, when someone is "green" or inexperienced, innocent, reckless, immature. It also has come to mean when one is at one's peak or heyday. How does that change the way you see this passage? How is the author playing with the connotations of that expression?
We tried to figure out a meaning for the lesions in our present day society. One way we thought of it was how in high fashion, sometimes we sacrifice comfort for fashion, especially with crazy trends where “If you have one, you’re immediately popular”. But the lesion trend has just gone too far! People even got fake ones, which probably hurt and cost a ton. We believe that because all of them are essentially cyborgs, the lesions are a way to show that they are still human and they can have human things happen to their bodies.
In the scene where Violet loses it and starts yelling, we noticed that what she said was pertinent to now. She says that they have been turned into food for the feed. They ARE the feed and they no longer have individuality or personalities. And she is absolutely right. The title "Feed" definitely has multiple meanings, this included.