My Genre Comparison Learning Model

Comparing Utopia/Dystopia and Fantasy

Standards: RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.9

In some books that I've read in my genres, the books are similar in some ways and different in other ways. There is usually more fighting in utopia/dystopia than in fantasy, but in a series that I read in fantasy, there was a good amount of fighting in it.

A similarities in the two genres, for one, is that there is all four different types of conflict in each book. The conflicts are in different circumstances and settings. From what I've read, the books are either in the future, telling about the future, or in a make-believe world. There is usually a concept that the world could possibly be real,or in the future, like in The Hunger Games. Our world could possibly be a world split into twelve districts and run by the Capitol, but the book itself is fiction.

The characters are very similar in the way that they are all kind, brave, a leader (usually), smart, and athletic. The fantasy characters are usually more honest, since they don't have to lie to save their live (like they might have to in, say, The Maze Runner)

My Theme Comparison

In Utopia/Dystopia (especially dystopia), there are many different traces of themes, but the main theme is either perseverance or courage. I think this because, in The Scorch Trials, my topics were survival, escape, risk taking, overcoming failure, heroism, hope, strength, willpower, sacrifice, justice, selflessness and trust. I think that these are the themes because on pg. 5, the narrator says "Other sounds snuck their way into his consciousness. Thumps. The clang of metal against metal. Something shattering. Boys shouting. More like the echo of shouts, very distant, muted . Suddenly they became more like screams. Unearthly cries of anguish." Since the narrator said that they were screaming, they were probably thrown into another trial. Since they had to survive, take risks, escape, and overcome failure in all of their last trials, it makes me think that the theme would be Perseverance. On pg. 99, the narrator says "Thomas stared at the runners. He sensed that the other Gladers around him had stopped as will, as if there'd been and unspoken command to do so. Thomas shivered, something that seemed completely impossible in the sweltering heat, He didn't know why he felt the tickle of cold fear along his back- the Gladers outnumbered the approaching strangers almost ten times over- but the feeling was undeniable." Minho then said 'Everyone pack in tighter, and get ready to fight the shanks the first sign of trouble." Since they are showing strength and heroism in fighting these hazards, they made me feel that the theme could also be Courage.

I also think this because in The Hunger Games series, Katniss is rebelling against the Capitol. She is surviving, taking risks, and escaping from other tributes in the 74th and 75th hunger games. The book is telling about all of the concepts in the the perseverance category.

In Fantasy, there are many different themes. The themes could change through the book, and throughout the series. Especially in The Lightning Thief, a theme that I found was courage. I thought that this theme was in The Lightning Thief because Percy goes on a quest to find Zeus' lightning bolt, showing heroism and strength when fighting monsters and helping friends.

The themes in fantasy and utopia/dystopia are very similar. They both consist of perseverance and courage, and they both have similar topics that make up the themes. The topics in utopia/dystopia seem more vivid in certain occasions than in fantasy, and vice versa. Other than that, there isn't many differences, except the occasions that make up the topic/theme.
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My Character Comparison

In The Scorch Trials, there is a very adventurous character, whom I chose is the protagonist in the book. Thomas is a very smart, athletic, brave, adventurous, and courageous character. He has the qualities of a true leader. I think this because on pg. 77, the narrator said "Every hair on Thomas's neck stood up straight and a chill tickled his back. He expected to gear even more calls to go back, but once again the Gladers surprised him. No one said a thing, and soon they were all walking forward again." Before this, they were talking about how the setting was really dark and there was a voice telling the Gladers to "go back, you won't be sliced." Thomas must be really brave to be able to keep going into the darkness with the chance of being sliced, and he must be a leader if his fellow Gladers were to follow him.

I also think this because in The Hunger Games, Katniss has to be all of the above in characteristics to survive the Hunger Games, and in the arena, she certainly shows these qualities.

In fantasy, the characters can be very similar to the utopia/dystopia characters in their traits, although they can be more honest in certain cases. The protagonist that I found in The Lightning Thief was either Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase, and Grover Underwood. I feel that they share some of their character traits, since they went on there first quests together and learned a lot about friendship and bravery. They also worked together to save the world. Some acts, like when Percy, Annabeth, and Grover were fighting Medusa (a Greek monster), made me think that characters in Fantasy have bravery, leadership, courage, and trust. Throughout the book, the characters did get into fights, but they made up and were friends to the end. This made me think that some other character traits were compassion and kindness (though NOT with monsters).
The protagonists in these genres are very similar. They all seem adventurous, brave, courageous, kind, and they're a leader. The fantasy characters seem more honest than the utopia/dystopia characters, but the utopia/dystopia characters can be honest if they want to.

Utopia/Dystopia: My Protagonist: Thomas

Fantasy: My Protagonist: Percy, Annabeth, and Grover

My Conflict Comparison

In utopia/dystopia, I have found all four conflicts in the book, and I don't think that one trumps the rest. Even though there are all four of the conflicts, a couple of them I couldn't find the quotes for.

I think there are character vs character conflicts in The Scorch Trials because on pg. 92 (in my eBook), the Gladers said "'Just keep going!' Thomas shouted after Minho. 'I can't take this much longer. Just go!' 'Wait a minute.' Frypan's voice. 'The voice said this was a one-chance deal. We have to at least think about it.' 'Yeah,' someone added. 'Maybe we should go back.'" The Gladers, or the characters of The Scorch Trials, were arguing over whether to keep going down the tunnel full of deadly metal balls, or to go back and possibly face death. Since the characters are arguing, this makes it a character vs character situation.

I saw a character vs nature conflict on pg. 102 (in my eBook), where the narrator started to say "...the square of blinding sunlight coming through the now-open door. 'the whole stairwell heated up like an oven. 'Aw, man!' Minho said, a wince on his face. 'Something's wrong, dude. It feels like it's already burning my skin!' 'He's right,' Newt said, rubbing the back of his neck. 'I don't know if we can go out there.'" There are facing a problem where the outside (nature) is too warm and bright to walk in. The outside is nature, and the characters are facing the problem, so it is a character vs nature.

I found conflicts in other utopia/dystopia books, such as Catching Fire. There is a character vs society conflict when Katniss and the other districts are rebelling against the Capitol, or the government. Since they are doing this, it is a character vs society conflict.

In fantasy, there are the same conflicts as in utopia/dystopia, but different settings make up the conflict than utopia/dystopia.

I think my book (The Lightning Thief) has character vs character conflicts because Percy and Annabeth fight a lot, since their parents (Poseidon and Athena) have a grudge. They eventually outgrew their own grudge and became good friends.

I think that there is character vs nature conflict because Percy and Annabeth fight TONS of monsters, which are a part of nature. One example of friendly monsters are dryads, which are water spirits.

I think that there is character vs society conflict (this is a smaller one) because, later in the series (The Last Olympian), there is a fight between the gods and the titan army. Since most kids in the army came from being rejected by their godly parents, this makes me think that this is a form of character vs society conflict.

There are character vs self conflicts in this book as well. I think this because Percy often faces scenarios where he has to make a big choice, say, about giving Luke the knife or not in The Last Olympian (You'll understand it more if you read the book).

The fact that there are all four conflicts in the two books makes the conflicts in the books a little bit similar, although the conflicts, or disagreements, themselves are much different. The different types of conflicts could also come up more in one book than in another. The disagreements themselves are never the same.

For example, a fantasy character vs nature conflict (from The Lightning Thief) would be about the characters fighting nature monsters, but a utopia/dystopia conflict (The Scorch Trials) would be about surviving the horrid Scorch.

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My Setting Comparison

The setting in The Scorch Trials is, from what I've read, very different from other books. In The Scorch Trials, the book first takes place in a building. I think this because on pg. 3, Teresa says "Just on the other side of that big common room." Since a common room is usually inside of a building, and this is at the beginning of a book, they are probably first inside of a building.

Later in the book, the characters are outside in a wasteland called the "Scorch." I know that they are here because, for one, the book tells me that they are going to be placed in the Scorch, and, on pg. 94, the narrator says "..the ground just below his face. Dirt and dust. a few brown rocks." On pg 95, the narrator says "It was a wasteland." The first quote describes the elements of a wasteland, and the second quote actually tells me that the place is a wasteland.

Fantasy setting is similar to utopia/dystopia setting in the way that there are aspects of being inside and outside in the book. The characters are usually in the woods or in the real world, like in The Lightning Thief. Fantasy books seem like they can take place in any time, past, present, or future.

The setting in The Lightning Thief is, like I said before, in the woods and in the real world. For us, the book is technically set in the past, but the author wrote it in the present time. I think this because the book The Lightning Thief says that they go to Las Vegas and the Empire State Building. Both of these places are set in the present time, which makes me think that the book will be set in the present time.

These settings are not very similar; the only similarity that I saw (that was major) was the fact that the characters were usually outside. Other than that, the settings are completely different. The time period is different (present and future), the actions in the book that are affected by the setting are different (like dehydration and hunger being caused by the environment), and the setting physically (houses, stores, etc.) are also different.

The settings in each and every book are different, but I'm just comparing these two.