Imagine a world where there is segregation based on looks, and everyone can either get an operation at age 16 to become an imprisoned pretty or run away before the operation to stay a free ugly. What is better? Being a controlled pretty or a free ugly? Tally Youngblood has to make this decision in Scott Westerfeld’s novel, Uglies. In Tally’s futuristic society rejected uglies has an operation at age 16 to adapt perfect looks but in the mean time the patients receive brain lesions which makes them act abnormal. After the uglies become pretties by the operation they are imprisoned in New Pretty Town where they “live it up” and party. There are many pros and cons to being ugly, pros and cons to being pretty, and the pros outweigh the cons of being ugly making it better.
There are many pros and cons to being ugly. A pro is freedom (Westerfeld 89). An ugly can do whatever, whenever they want if they do not get caught. For example, Tally escaped from Uglyville to live a normal free life in a free town, called Smoke. On the other hand, there are cons to being ugly. If someone was ugly, Pretties would not accept them (26). If an ugly entered New Pretty Town everyone there would tell them to leave, and the ugly would possibly be arrested. For example, when Tally enters a party in New Pretty Town all of the Pretties were rude to Tally and wanted her to leave. Uglies have freedom, but on the other hand they are not accepted.
There are many pros and cons to being pretty. A pro to being pretty is equality (45). Every pretty looks the same. They have the same facial features and skin color, such as eyes, lips, and checks. Since everyone is similar there is no violence and fighting. On the other hand, there are cons to being pretty. If someone was pretty they could not look unique (44). All the pretties are similar in looks. They do not look how they were born to. They look how the doctor made them look. For example, Shay does not want to make morphs because...
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