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Name: __Dan Wilcox_____________________________________________________ Section: __004__ Role: Textual Response Due: Electronically by noon the day before the discussion Criteria Points Possible Points Earned Incorporates important literary passages as textual support within the larger paper and explains their significance. 1/2 Genre of the book 1/2 Correctly identified Criteria/Support in the form of quotations Explores Literary Elements: 4 Setting Plot Characters Theme Style Illustrations (when applicable) TOTAL POINTS EARNED: _______/5 Comments:
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Scott Westerfeld’s Pretties continues down the science fiction path that its predecessor Uglies began upon. G&C reminds us most importantly that science fiction is “imaginative, yet logically consistent within the story world” and that “the themes are meaningful, causing readers to think about life.” (p. 165) Pretties follows along this path. I like to liken Westerfeld’s trilogy to The Matrix trilogy (structurally at least); the first part is stand-alone strong, the second is action packed and fast paced, but doesn’t really progress the story much; and the third kind of flops. An aspect of the trilogy that never wavered however, is Westerfeld’s warning theme toward society. Uglies warned us to be wary of the government, and what could happen if there is too much control. Pretties then shows how government control leads to rebellion. And Specials concludes the trilogy by showing the reader that a balance must be achieved between government and society, otherwise a completely free society will run amok and once again destroy the Earth (as did the Rusties). I believe that this is the main motif throughout the trilogy, although the idea of inner beauty is apparent throughout all as well (mainly exemplified in Uglies however). In Pretties, Tally has indeed become pretty. She cannot remember in the beginning of the story that she purposefully gave herself up and became pretty to test Maddy’s cure. Due to this the story is set mostly in the city. It takes the help of a new character, Zane, to make Tally “bubbly”
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