In this section, we see Zvominir transform into the leader of the rebels, which seems to have been triggered by Morgan’s disappearance. Before Morgan’s departure, Zvominir was a bit of a pacifist, against the actions that Morgan and Jane were taking. After he forgives Jane, however, he slowly becomes more and more involved with the rebellion. He becomes unrecognizable, and reminiscent of another character in the book. “Zvominir reversed Jane’s philosophies of battle. She had tried obliterating RedBlack institutions, like banks, offices and military barracks, and had killed only soldiers when possible. Zvominir terrorized civilians, and targeted the very same people whose homes he de-birded, families who had known him for a year, who’d invited him to christenings and birthdays, whose family events he probably still attended. He also blew up grocery stores, knowing his own people had no food” (375). To me, this sounds like the Judge. The Judge and Zvominir have something in common: the both lost a child. Whether or not Charlie’s death caused the Judge to become the monster he is I can’t say, but I do know that it caused some sort of tailspin in him. Both characters have gone through the trauma of losing a child, and both characters became ruthless leaders.
Although I found Zvominir’s transformation to be surprising, it reminded me of another commentary on totalitarianism: Animal Farm. Napoleon becomes the leader of the farm by preaching equality, leads a revolution, and becomes a heartless dictator. Both characters became the thing which they set out to fight.