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Re: Symbolism in Uglies
« Reply #15 on: May 05, 2012, 12:29:44 PM »

Yeah defiantly. It annoys me when teachers assign books that are really uninteresting
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Re: Symbolism in Uglies
« Reply #16 on: May 05, 2012, 12:31:19 PM »

Especially since the point you're supposed to be getting is totally missed.
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Re: Symbolism in Uglies
« Reply #17 on: May 05, 2012, 12:41:10 PM »

No one "normal" really reads them even if they're given them.
Raise your hand if you actually read one of the books you were assigned for class
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Re: Symbolism in Uglies
« Reply #18 on: May 05, 2012, 12:46:11 PM »

I read them all, but didn't enjoy them all. 1984 is the best, though.
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Re: Symbolism in Uglies
« Reply #19 on: May 05, 2012, 12:53:50 PM »

Big Brother is Watching. Still gives me shivers today.
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Re: Symbolism in Uglies
« Reply #20 on: May 05, 2012, 09:55:20 PM »

The whole thing about newspeak kind of freaked me out, removing the vocabulary of revolution :O
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Re: Symbolism in Uglies
« Reply #21 on: May 05, 2012, 10:10:59 PM »

yeah the point is lost. I never read the books the teachers give us. Maybe I'll read the first chapter but then stop there. After that I look online for the answers. I can never read a book I dont enjoy
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Re: Symbolism in Uglies
« Reply #22 on: May 05, 2012, 10:18:09 PM »

And sparknotes makes that way too easy...

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Re: Symbolism in Uglies
« Reply #23 on: May 06, 2012, 01:40:28 AM »

Did someone say Hunger Games symbolism? I typed half an essay on it on another board. Copy and paste... done.



*huge crazy stare*

We were talking about the nature of revenge last night, and my IB analyze to the point of no return brain hit on THIS - the reason why the love triangle in THG would have ended the way it did whether we liked it or not. Observe.

Book 1 - The descriptions and symbolism basically make Katniss stuck between a boy of life and a boy of death.
Gale - associated with hunting (which is death and also hearkens to the Hunger Games she hates). She also considers running away with him. The only pairs of runaways we heard about died.
Peeta - Well, he makes bread, which is a traditional symbol of life. He's also associated with dandelions - rebirth, springtime.
Prim - Katniss says her sister is "the one person in the world I'm sure I love." Prim is basically her reason for living. This is important later.

Book 2 - President Snow - Katniss keeps herself going in the Quarter Quell imagining killing him. A quest for revenge has mostly replaced Prim in her impetus in life.
Gale - still associated with the same things
Peeta - She's now willing to give her life for him. Also, he gives her a pearl - symbolism of life, regenration, and love.

Book 3
Prim - After Prim dies, Katniss' sole aim in life is revenge. Like many, after she accomplishes this she has nothing left to live for and wants to die.
Gale - Now trapping and killing humans, he's associated with the Games and the death Katniss hates so much. Also, after she kills Coin, she looks to him for DEATH. Gale throughout the books has been associated with death and escape.
Peeta - When Katniss tries to kill herself, he stops her, becoming her literal link to life. He's trying to replace Prim as a reason to live - not healthy, not the only thing - but at the moment it's enough. Throughout the books he represents life, hope, and holding on.

*deep breath* So if you look at the symbolism... yep. Totally unavoidable. In the end, Katniss chooses life over death. Which is generally my preference also
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Re: Symbolism in Uglies
« Reply #24 on: May 06, 2012, 02:11:42 AM »

Someone on Tumblr wrote something similar to that, but she didn't catch a lot of the symbolism you just pointed out--I didn't even think about the pearl.
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Re: Symbolism in Uglies
« Reply #25 on: May 06, 2012, 03:31:56 AM »

The whole thing about newspeak kind of freaked me out, removing the vocabulary of revolution :O
Yeah, that was some freaky clart. Also, yes, Sparknotes really makes reading the books pointless.

And...I haven't read Hunger Games, so I'll just stay out of this one.
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Re: Symbolism in Uglies
« Reply #26 on: May 06, 2012, 03:33:40 AM »

It's really useful for Shakespeare, because reading it and not seeing it acted out is really hard to comprehend.
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Re: Symbolism in Uglies
« Reply #27 on: May 06, 2012, 03:45:53 AM »

Oh yeah. Though really, watching Shakespear is just as fun. Thank you YouTube.
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Re: Symbolism in Uglies
« Reply #28 on: May 06, 2012, 04:26:33 AM »

That's how I got through Merchant of Venice this year.
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Re: Symbolism in Uglies
« Reply #29 on: May 06, 2012, 04:35:54 AM »

You watch the movie or a stage adaptation?
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