Scythe (Arc of a Scythe) Themes & Motifs

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Morality

Morality is important within the Scythedom, as scythes must balance the power they have to end other people’s lives based on their personal set of morals and values. The position of a scythe is morally contradictory because scythes must kill people, a generally immoral act, but they do so with the purpose to better humanity. Scythe Faraday chooses Citra and Rowan as his apprentices based on his belief in their morality and high levels of empathy. He only picks people who do not want to be a scythe. Faraday states, “Therein lies the paradox of the profession… Those who wish to have the job should not have it… and those who would most refuse to kill are the only ones who should” (42). This sentiment establishes the importance of compassion in terms of morality. Faraday believes that training new scythes who are already predisposed to be...

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