“I lie on the couch with my arm draped over Ollie. The spot where Metias usually sits is empty. Stacks of old photo albums and Metias’s journals clutter up the coffee table. He’d always loved our parents’ old-fashioned ways, and kept handwritten journals just like how they’d kept all these paper photos. 'You can’t trace or tag them online,' he always said. Ironic coming from an expert hacker.” (74)
In the aftermath of Metias’s murder June spends time reminiscing about her brother and his quirks. One of those quirks was his preference for “old-fashioned,” non-electronic record keeping. June finds this factoid about her brother ironic, considering that he was an expert hacker and clearly very comfortable in cyberspace.
Thomas' Lack of Sympathy to the Poor and Disadvantaged (Situation)
"'Think you’re a star, don’t you?' [Thomas] says. 'Just because you pulled some pranks and played charity worker to some street scum? Well, let me tell you a secret. I’m from a poor sector too. But I followed the rules. I worked my way up, I earned my country’s respect. The rest of you people just sit around and complain and blame the state for your bad luck. Bunch of dirty, lazy cons.'" (312)
During his interrogation of Day, Thomas loses his composure and physically attacks him. While he is kicking and punching Day, Thomas rants about his past, how he was able to change his life, and his disgust that others don’t do the same. It is ironic that Thomas is so unsympathetic to the poor and disadvantaged members of the Republic’s society when he himself came from such humble beginnings and hence knows the challenges such a life presents.
June and Day’s Identities (Dramatic)
The true identities of June and Day are a great example of dramatic irony because the reader knows before they do who they truly are. June doesn’t know she has kissed the Republic’s most infamous fugitive until she observes Day unconsciously reaching for his pendant. And Day is unaware he has developed feelings for the Republic’s most promising military recruit until he sees June at the raid of his family’s home.
Day’s Trial Score (Situational)
Day’s perfect Trial score is ironic because despite technically being everything the Republic wants in its ideal citizens, his score makes him a target of unethical scientific study and disenfranchisement at the hands of his government.
Legend Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for Legend is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
June knows that he got a perfect score. However, the records show that he failed and was sent to a labor camp where he died of smallpox at age ten. She realizes that the Republic falsified his score to get rid of him.