Uglies: Specials and Tally

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Introduction:
Reading can be bogus, or very unhappy-making, so how can reading be made bubbly? The answer is Scott Westerfeld’s scientifically brilliant, fiction book called the Uglies. Reading can also open a door to a world of romance, mysteries, drama, and education; creating a magical allusion for the reader. In the book, Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld, he did more than open a door to another world, he actually “created” his own world! Most of the books on the fiction reading list offer romance, mysteries, drama, and education; but few offer an equal balance of all four. Uglies is a book that offers all four of these elements plus more. In Scott Westerfeld’s book embraces a special message, fabricated with figurative language; the stories lack predictable, fairy tale endings. In high school, a teenager often faces the realities of: life vs. death; ugly vs. pretty; and love vs. rejection. Scott Westerfeld animates an image of these three realities and the principles learned with each by using his characters as victims or crims (criminals). Also, in Scott Westerfeld’s book, he takes a more modern approach to using adjectives, using words like: “bogus”, “unhappy-making”, “bubbly”, and “crims” are just a sample of Westerfeld’s diction. Scott Westerfeld’s purpose for creating the book Uglies is to question the order of the world surrounding human life, by creating a futuristic world he was able to highlight the problems that are seen in the reader’s world. Offering more than one aspect for the reader to grow from, Uglies is the perfect book to have on the fiction reading list. Being Ugly:

Tally Youngblood is the main character of the book Uglies. Although, she is the main character and also the protagonist, the reader doesn’t always agree with Tally’s point of view. Tally’s world is different in structure from the reader’s world. The people in Tally’s world are controlled, unable to think open-mindedly, and make decisions for themselves. The reader is able to see beyond Tally’s ignorance, which is why the reader doesn’t always agree with Tally’s point of view. Scott Westerfeld does this to show the imperfection in Tally’s world. Westerfeld really forces the reader to think and see beyond Tally’s eyes, because what Tally sees as right isn’t always right. Tally is an Ugly, and where she lives in Uglyville, everyone is considered Ugly. Only the people who live on the opposite side of the river in New Pretty Town are considered to be Pretty. Laughs from new Pretties partying, and fireworks blazing in the air are heard and seen from Uglyville. This is what builds up the anticipation to turn sixteen, because once an Ugly is sixteen he or she is able to be turned into a Pretty. The separation of the Uglies from the Pretties is similar to the separation that students face in school, between the “out” and “in” crowds. The students in the out crowds are the ones watching the in crowds have fun. This is one way that a reader might be able to relate to the book Uglies. Scott Westerfeld allows the reader to feel the same disgust that Tally feels about being Ugly, by providing a clear description of Tally. “She put her finger up to her face, felt the wide nose and thin lips, the toohigh forehead and tangled mass of frizzy hair”(8). By not naming one positive aspect of Tally’s appearance, Westerfeld allows the reader to think like Tally and all the other Uglies, who cannot see themselves as something beyond Ugly. The book starts off with Tally sneaking across the river to visit her friend, Peris, in New Pretty Town, that had recently become a Pretty. In order to disguise herself Tally picks up an abandoned mask that was left on the streets of New Pretty Town, by a partying Pretty. Scott Westerfeld’s diction in describing the mask against Tally’s face is another example of how Uglies think. “Before she pressed it against her face, Tally realized that it was the same color as the cat-vomit pink of the sunset with a long snout and two...
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