105-120 by Danielle F
A New Place
- Information is given about Violet's childhood: she didn't have the luxuries that everyone else had and always wanted to feel like she "fit in"
- Titus was always afraid that she was smarter than him
- Violet is compared to a little girl due to her constant excitement, as a little girl would have
- Violet and Titus hold hands and laugh together
The Dimples of Delglacey
- Titus still thinks that Violet may be too smart for him because he didn't do well in School
- School is now run by the corporation
- Titus and his friends constantly felt "dumb" in school
- Violet loves to read and Titus told her to stop one day because he thought that the things she was reading were too saddening
In the novel, Violet is displayed as the smart, educated, yet underprivileged in regards to the Feed. Titus constantly compares his intelligence to hers, questioning whether or not she is too smart for him. The chapter "Sniffling" is entirely surrounded around Titus's feelings for Violet and Violet herself. Violet is the sole focus of Titus's absence of feed. M.T. Anderson chose to have a female be the focus for Titus because it draws in the character, just as Stephenie Meyer did with Bella in Twilight.
"A New Place" displays the Marxist Theory in the sense that Violet always wanted what everyone else had. If labels had to be given, Violet would be "underprivileged" and Titus would be "privileged" because of the advancements his Feed and his parents allowed him to have. Marxism can be exemplified by the quote, "and she really wanted to live like the rest of us" (206)*. Violet wanted to be in the "upper class" with Titus and all of his friends from a very young age.
Discussion Question 1
If you were Titus, how do you think you would work through the thoughts that you have regarding Violet being "smarter than you"?
Discussion Question 2
Why do you think that being like everyone else is so important to Violet other than being accepted? If she has succeeded all her life without the luxuries, why does she still strive to have them?
* - iBooks version