Symbols in "Uglies"

1913 Words Feb 9th, 2013 8 Pages
Judy Burnside
Mrs. McClure
English 11 Honors, Period 7
3 Jan 2013

Have you ever wanted to be perfect? Have you ever wanted a perfect society? Imagine a place where everyone was equally beautiful, and there were no responsibilities or worries. A place where you were given everything you could’ve ever asked for. If you had a place this luxurious, would you still want it? Sometimes we think our lives would be fulfilled if we were smarter, or prettier, or more athletic. It is these times that we neglect to see how great our lives already are. This is the theme of Scott Westerfeld’s novel, Uglies. Like all great writers, Scott Westerfeld supports the theme of his novel with symbolism that is hidden in every character and event. Uglies
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Cable tells Tally, “’Then I’ll make you a promise too, Tally Youngblood. Until you help us, to the very best of your ability, you will never be pretty” (Loc 1309). After hearing this, Tally reluctantly agrees to help Dr. Cable find Shay. This moment is important because it symbolizes weakness and selfishness in human nature. Sometimes, we are willing to go against someone we love if it benefits ourselves. Tally wants to be perfect so badly that she is willing to turn her friend in to the authorities to get the operation she wants. Dr. Cable gives Tally supplies to get to the Rusties and a heart-shaped locket that she is to activate when she finds Shay. Once Tally activates it, Special Circumstances will be able to find the location of the Rusties and arrest any outlaws living there. Tally travels for several days and nights and finally gets to the Rusties. Shay is happy to see her, and immediately introduces her to all of her new friends. These friends include David, a sixteen year old that ran away from the surgery because he wanted to stay pure. When Tally meets him, she thinks to herself, “He was an ugly, but he had a nice smile. And his face held a kind of confidence Tally had never seen in an ugly before” (Loc 2180). David represents pureness and reality. In our world, we classify someone as beautiful if they have exquisite features that are rare. In Tally’s world, everyone was given these rare features,