Literary Analysis Of Matched In Matched By Ally Condie

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Matched
Imagine living in a world where everything you do was watched and controlled. The book Matched is written by Ally Condie. The main character, Cassia, lives in a perfect, dystopian world. Matched takes place in the future where the modern day the United States used to be. In this society, people are matched with another person at the age of seventeen. Cassia thinks she is matched with her best friend, Xander, but she later finds out she might have a different match. This freaks Cassia out, considering the Society rarely makes mistakes, but even more weird she knows who the other guy is. Ky. Now Cassia is forced to choose between Xander and Ky. Matched is a science fiction novel, science fiction is a genre in which stories often tell how something will be in the future. There are many themes in this novel, but one of them is to not let people or things to control you. Matched has three main science fiction element including, dystopia, futuristic setting, and social issues. All these elements help show the theme
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Futuristic setting is shown in two main quotes. “As the society reminds us, there 's a difference between knowledge and technology. Knowledge doesn’t fail us.”(Condie 31). This quote shows us they have a lot more knowledge than we do right now. In modern day we rely heavily on technology, and the society is saying they have learned from our mistakes and learned knowledge is more powerful and useful than technology.
One more quote that shows futuristic setting and proves the theme is on page 90. “At the end, the showing takes us back to how things were before the society. How things would be again if the society fell.”(Condie 90). This quote helps us to understand that it’s in the future, by saying there were many societies before theirs. Both of these examples of futuristic setting add to the theme by saying the society made everyone believe the past societies were failures, and the society has everybody
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