" if they saw different worlds what they knew was the same." (180) compare how the man sees the world with how the boy sees it. What might it be like to never know about the world as it is now - to grow up in ruins and ash?
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The man has the memories of a functioning world. He has context on which to juxtapose his dystopia with. The boy, however, has no context for a living world. He is stuck with tragedy and habituated to ruin. The boy cannot fathom what has been lost or what could have been. The man, however, knows what a retched state humanity has inflicted upon itself.
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