The Dome is built on a foundation of lies (and probably concrete). After all, it was created by Ellery Willux, who lied big-time about the Detonations.
This one lie pretty much overtakes the lives of the Pures; it manipulates them, strips them of power, and even corrupts their minds into thinking the lie is a truth. Partridge attempts to expose this big lie, but that ends up in disaster. This bring us to the central question of Burn: when is it right to tell the truth, and when is it right to lie?
Questions About Lies and Deceit
- Is Willux's lie a noble lie?
- Should Partridge have lied in his eulogy?
- What lie is the worst lie in this trilogy?
Chew on This
Yes, Willux is evil. But his "fairy tale" is meant to protect the citizens—lying to the Pures was a noble thing to do.
Partridge was a bad ruler because he lied when he shouldn't have, and because he told the truth when he shouldn't have.