Analysis Of The Golden Touch: Darrow From Red Rising

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The Golden Touch
In this society, separated by wealth, one’s external appearance directly correlates with not only their lifestyle, but also his or her values. The golds, the masters, were driven, evil and unrepentant, while the reds, the slaves, were hardworking and loyal but distressed and worn out from the harsh labor. Darrow from Red Rising by Pierce Brown was a fortunate red as he was the only one given the opportunity to rebuild his life as a gold. When Darrow was a red, he was a hardworking and loyal family man following in his family’s footsteps. He was brave and selfless, always working towards what was best for his wife Eo, but after the Son of Ares helped him restart his life as a gold, his morals disintegrated.
Darrow’s morals
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He feels no remorse for actions and pushed to the front acting more like a robot than a human. He showed some charisma as a bold leader, but as soon as he won your trust and allegiance he would make spontaneous rash decisions that affected everyone. When Red found out that one of his captives, Titus, was another Red disguised as a Gold and went through the institute as well, he felt no sympathy for him even though Darrow was in the exact same situation. Darrow tried him and convicted him guilty let Cassius kill him. He feels so sympathy for those being executed even though he had once been executed. “I am the reaper and death is my shadow,” he states. This continued almost as reliably as an algorithm, using his impenetrable cold exterior to push farther ahead.
As a result of his transition through the otherwise rigid caste system, his assets like strength and intelligence which were previously used for hard work were now used for violence. Since he use to be a red, he was already used to the backbreaking labor that the Hell Drivers did on a daily basis; this helped Darrow dominate the physical aspects of the trials with less effort. As all of the positive attribute in his life turned negative, his gold exterior corrupted his red
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“I do not need Mustang. I do not need any of these greedy creatures. I’m done with their games of power.” Darrow’s steady and repetitive, but the nervous voice that was seen earlier when he was a red returns. Although he has no allegiance, he is returning to red values while still being a gold. Blindly killing Golds will do no good, as he realizes that he needs to rally people in a civil war; it is the only ways that reds can rise.
The vast differences between the red and gold social classes created a disconnected society which created tension between the two castes; the golds thought that the reds were unworthy and the red thought that the golds were cruel and relentless. When Darrow turned from red to gold, he was excited to be the first red to rise and get revenge. Eventually when he became a gold he was so engaged and absorbed on being on top in the institute that his personality started to encompass everything that he previously hated about the

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