In The Declaration, Gemma Malley portrays trust through a well-respected student, an outsider, and a strict teacher. Although the students are naive to trust everything that society says as true, they also have no freedom to believe otherwise. Anna is respected throughout the school, as she is a prefect. She is loved by students and teachers, such as Mrs. Sharpe. A new student named Peter tells her that her parents care about her much to the dismay of the Grange Hall. The Grange Hall a government that takes kids away from their parents at a young age, as they are called “surplus”. The kids are then told that their parents never loved them and abandoned them, this is so the government can reduce conflict. They keep this a secret and Anna believes them. She doesn’t believe him, so she closes herself out. Peter is deemed an outsider as he came into the hall late and isn’t accepted into society. He doesn’t know what is socially acceptable during training. He tries to reach Anna and to help her believe that her parents care about her. Even though she closes herself out him, he still shows determination by not giving up on her. Anna is not known as judgemental but after she closes herself out, she judges Peter’s every move. During a training session Peter doesn’t know what’s socially acceptable, so she says: “He doesn’t Know His Place and he thinks it’s OK to whisper things during training sessions when it isn’t at all.” (43). He does not know right from wrong and really needs guidance so he can fit in. Mrs. Pincent is a strict teacher that believes in order. She is portrayed as cruel and evil. Once Anna realizes she is being brainwashed, she unites with Peter. Since Peter seems unordinary and does not follow rules, Anna thinks Mrs. Pincent wants to punish him. She thinks she will kill him and she says” “Mrs Pincent is evil. Peter was right – Mrs Pincent is the most evil Legal who ever lived.” (126). She represents order and abuses students including Anna. She knows that the students are being brainwashed but does nothing about it. When Peter finally gets into Anna’s head and she overhears Mrs. Pincent say they are are all being brainwashed, she decides to escape. Overall, the theme in this novel is trust and distrust in society. It is shown through a student in denial, a student who knows the truth and a societal puppet.