Compare And Contrast Enclave And To Kill A Mockingbird

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Enclave by Ann Aguirre, and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, are both novels with amazing storylines and thought provoking content. Aguirre’s first book of the Razorland trilogy takes place in a post-apocalyptic world and tells the story of Deuce, a girl living in an underground enclave. With her new accomplice Fade, she grows to find strength and resistance against a leadership system withholding her from the true freedom beyond the tunnels. As the world around her unravels, for better or for worse, Deuce proves to be much more than can be contained by the enclave. Lee’s book follows Jean Louise “Scout” Finch and her family. Documenting the daily life and drama in the town of Maycomb. Mystery lurks with the mysterious Boo Radley…show more content…
Both stories represent the theme, each in their own ways. The theme of conforming or nonconforming, is presented wonderfully in Aguirre’s Enclave. Deuce had been raised on lies disguised as “truth”. One of the greatest lies being about the nonexistence of a world above the tunnels. Deuce and her counterparts lived everyday in the enclave where all documents foreign to censored material were to be reported, meals were regulated, breeding was controlled, and jobs were dictated. Elders swore this was normal. On page 26 it is explained, “We heard stories about other enclaves; they’d died out because they didn’t enforce the rules… Here, the rules exist for a purpose. They saved our lives”. Truly, these rules were only limiting citizens from the world beyond. However, the leaders had proven themselves a forced to be reckoned with, and all disobedience lead to large consequence. For example, on page 94, a woman from the enclave, Fran, was killed after saying, “Our leadership is flawed. It doesn’t serve the people any more - if it ever did.” Speaking up about what she felt stirred fear of revolution, leaving Fran a powerless corpse hours later. On page 113, Deuce explained that “Every so often, they (the elders) picked a citizen at random. They put artifacts in his private space and then accused him of hoarding. They needed the consequences to be fresh in everyone else’s mind.” Adding, “This is how they kept us from questioning their decisions. I’d

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