“”No. You wouldn’t. Not you.”
”Anna. Listen. ” My tone quiets her. I sound like a different person, admitting what I’ve done. I’m already a bad guy and she can hear it. “These guys are bush league. Any two of you could have taken all of them down on a given day. What happened here? Why were they so fast today? Because they, knew. Because you were ambushed. By me. I ambushed you.”
She is silent for a long time. “Why?” she finally asks, but she is twice as smart as I am and knows the answer better than I ever will. The rescue copter is getting close. I have to leave or go to jail. I climb up the stairs and into the jet. As I am flying away, I expect to see her shooting me down, but she just waves a sad, small wave.”
The use of several I’s in this excerpt marks the inner change of Nathan and his realization of how he has basically become a bad guy, because to him being a good guy means to have extraordinary powers that help save the world, rather than being a human that does little things to help the people around him. His short sentences towards Anna and his descriptions of the circumstance note the bluntness of his situation and his acceptance of what he has done to the superheros. Even though Anna asks Nathan “Why?”, it is obvious that she knows why he did what he did because she did not shoot him while he was escaping. She is one of the few people in the story that understands the reality of their world, and how people like the main character will do bad things to be what society deems is a good person. In Nathan’s world, all good people are the superheros, not the regular humans that do little things for the people around them, which is what influences him to go to Johnnie Blade to get the super power he wants. However, Anna sees the good in people, hence her disbelief of Nathan ambushing the team , which can be proved by her short statements as well and her inability to say anything longer, and she refuses to shoot Nathan even after he killed Zero C and badly injured Golden Boy, which actually defines her as a good person morally , not because she is a superhero. The imagery of Nathan flying away and looking down at Anna while she “waves a sad small wave” helps the reader understand the symbolism of how he is putting himself farther and farther away from his chances of ever being a good guy and setting things right. Anna’s purpose in this novel is to show what a true good person is like and she is used to contrast that to what society deems is a good guy. Her other purpose in the book is to act as Nathan’s foil since he aspires to be a good guy, but he lacks the qualities that Anna has that makes her a good person, such as kindness, sympathy, forgivingness, and amicability.
Do you guys think the author intended to make Nathan seem like a regular human or more like a bad guy? Who do you think he resembles more of?