Study Guide

Pure Hate

By Julianna Baggott


Chapter 1

The people in the Dome are lucky, playing their buckled-helmet sports, eating cake, all connected and never feeling lit flecks of swirling ash. (1.38)

Let them eat cake! Do you think the people outside the Dome hate those inside out of envy, or a sense of injustice?

Chapter 2

[…] But in everyday chatter the survivors outside the Dome are called "Wretches." He's heard his father use this term many times. And Partridge has to admit; he's spent a lot of his life hating the wretches for taking his mother down with them. (2.66)

Have you ever hated someone or something just because you were told to? Say, a certain sports team or rivals from a neighboring town? That's how Partridge feels. Since he's been told that the people outside the Dome are evil monsters, that's what they are in his mind. Plus, "wretches" is a pretty hateful term.

Chapter 3

Burn a Pure and breathe the ash.
Take his guts and make a sash.
Twist his hair and make a rope.
And use his bones to make Pure soap. (3.6)

Creepy. Uncanny. Scary. Unsettling. If you ever hear someone singing a song like this, we'd suggest you run.

Chapter 5

He hates OSR, which he sees as feeble, weakened by their own greed and evil, incapable of taking down the Dome or effecting any real change. "Just another corrupt tyrant," he says. (5.22)

Poor OSR; no one likes them. Bradwell's hate for them is just another example of how there really is just an infinite amount of animosity in the world they live in. Not only does he hate the Dome, but he hates the OSR too. So really: who does he like?

Chapter 11

They let the soldiers form tribes for twenty-four-hour periods so they can kill people, carry their bodies to a circle staked out in an enemy's field, tallying the dead for points. Those with the most win. (11.12)

Hmm, hunting humans? This brutal quote exposes the dehumanization people will often resort to when they dislike a certain people.

Chapter 23

"One day we'll take them down." His voice goes soft. "That's all I want, really. I'd like to kill one Pure before I die. Just one." (23.39)

Sometimeswhen things aren't going right, you just want to find a consolation prize that. El Capitan just wants to kill a Pure. That's it. We should be asking ourselves right now: why is this so important to him? What will this solve?

Chapter 28

The thing is—they could save them all, but they won't. (28.61)

Cynicism is another form of hate that a lot of the characters exhibit throughout the book. Bradwell, in particular, channels his hate for the Dome through his own pessimistic beliefs. No one in the Dome can be good… even if they have the capability to be good.

Chapter 37

"Deaths do not speak to Our Good Mother unless addressed!" (37.38)

Okay, so we get that you don't like men, but "Deaths?" That's a pretty harsh nickname.

Chapter 42

"Out of the Dome?" It's a death sentence. She won't be able to breathe the air. She'll be attacked. The wretches will rise up, rape her, and kill her. Outside the Dome, the trees have eyes and teeth. The ground swallows girls who have any bit of their human shape left. They are burned alive at stakes and feasted on. (42.53)

Just like how Pressia thinks about how the Pures all eat cake and play sports, this is what Lyda thinks about the wretches. And even though she's partially right about what might happen to her, we can't help but feel like she's being a bit hyperbolic here.

Chapter 54

"Your father was going to release this biosynthesizing nanotechnology purposefully […] just to create a subhuman class, a new order of slaves, to serve them in New Eden once the earth was rejuvenated." (54.18)

This is just… evil. Hunting people for sport: definitely dehumanization. Making them into slaves? Just as bad. What a bleak world these people live in.