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Mortal Engines Themes & Motifs

Philip Reeve
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Human Greed

The novel focuses heavily on the idea of human greed, representing this concept through characters and cities.

Chrome is the primary example within the novel of human greed. Crome is the Lord Mayor of London and has worked his entire life to get where he is. He has toiled incredibly hard so that he can “make London strong!” (289). In doing so, Crome has exploited many of the people who live in London. He imprisons those who speak out against him in the depths of London, denying them medical care and decent food while making them work until their death. He then uses their bodies to create a new race of Resurrected Men. His motto for London is “Waste not-want not” which indicates that he wants his subjects to recycle as much as they can so none of his precious resources are wasted. His obsession with...

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