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Our Goal:

The goal of our polymer project is to create a polymer that can be used for medical purposes.


Describing Our Polymer


We want the Physical Properties to include:

  • Cold
  • Moldable
  • Soft/Gel that doesn’t stick, not slimy
  • Reusable


Polymer Characteristics We Are Looking For

*Gloop, Super Slime, Stretch-tastic Slime, Oobleck 


Our Plan to Develop our Prototype

*Prototype = sample or model. 

First, we will design our product.

Second, we will create and find an effective formula.

Third, we will test our creation.

Fourth, we will create our advertising video.


No sources were used.


Synthetic VS. Natural

A synthetic material is when many molecules are joined to create one large chain of molecules. An example of a synthetic material is plastics. Synthetic materials are also created from natural resources.

Natural resources are natural materials that are not manmade or fake. It is also something that can be used by people.

Give 2 examples of synthetic materials.

Nylon and our DNA.

Nylon is a tough, light, and synthetic polymer and the chemical structure is similar to proteins.

Give 2 examples of natural resources.

Minerals and stone.


Polymers and Where They Come From

Polymers are materials made of long and repeating chains of molecules. This material has unique properties, depending on the type of molecules being bonded and how they bond. Some polymers bend, such as rubber and polyester. Others are tougher, like glass. The type of polymer will depend on which kind of molecules are bonded to each other. The word “polymer” is taken from the Greek word meaning “many parts.” Polygon has the same prefix as well. “Mer” means “section.” Monomers are the molecules that make up polymer chains. “Mono” refers to one section or thing.

Examples of synthetic polymers and the natural resources they come from

Synthetic Polymer #1


What natural resources does this come from?

Petrochemicals (chemical obtained from petroleum and natural gas), carbon, other oils, and almost any natural polymer.

This is petroleum. It is used in the process of creating plastics.

What would we use this synthetic material for?

Cups, graduated cylinders, and furniture.

Synthetic Polymer #2


What natural resources does this come from?

Siloxane, which is made up of oxygen and silicon atoms.

What would we use this synthetic material for?

Computer chips.

Chemical Reactions

How do natural resources go through a chemical reaction to become synthetic materials?

Natural resources act as a monomer for a synthetic material. So, these monomers will chemically bond together to make a synthetic material. This process is called polymerization. Polymerization is the process of monomers bonding together. So, for a plastic molecule of oil and polythene would be bonding together making one big molecule, a plastic.

All monomers make up polymers. 

What is a monomer?

A monomer is a molecule that has the ability to be connected to some other identical/similar molecules to create a polymer.

What is polymerization?

Polymerization is a process of reacting monomer molecules together in a chemical reaction to form polymer chains or 3D networks. Molecules being chained up, basically.

Sources I used:

https://www.livescience.com/60682-polymers.htmlBradford, Alina. “What Is a Polymer?” Live Science, Live Science Contributor, 13 Oct. 2017, 09:52, www.livescience.com/60682-polymers.html.
https://www.livescience.com/60682-polymers.htmlBradford, Alina. “What Is a Polymer?” Live Science, Live Science Contributor, 13 Oct. 2017, 09:52, www.livescience.com/60682-polymers.html.


https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/explainer-what-are-polymersPerkins, Sid. “Explainer: What Are Polymers?” Science News for Students, 13 Oct. 2017, www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/explainer-what-are-polymers.


https://plastics.americanchemistry.com/plastics/The-Basics/Chemistry , American. “Plastics.” The Basics: Polymer Definition and Properties, plastics.americanchemistry.com/plastics/The-Basics/.



Lemer, Paul. “ Polymer Science Learning Center.” What Is a Polymer?, Polymer Science Learning Center , 2018, pslc.ws/macrog/kidsmac/basics.htm.


http://www.middleschoolchemistry.com/lessonplans/chapter6/lesson12Galvan, Patti. “Natural Resources & Synthetic Materials.” Natural Resources & Synthetic Materials | Chapter 6: Chemical Change | Middle School Chemistry, American Chemistry Society, 2017, www.middleschoolchemistry.com/lessonplans/chapter6/lesson12.


https://www.thoughtco.com/what-is-a-polymer-820536Johnson, Todd. “What Exactly Is a Polymer?” What Is A Polymer, ThoughtCo., 26 Mar. 2017, www.thoughtco.com/what-is-a-polymer-820536.


Madahusa. “Difference Between Natural and Synthetic Polymers | Definition, Occurrence, Examples.” Pediaa.Com, 16 Oct. 2017, pediaa.com/difference-between-natural-and-synthetic-polymers/.


The past week has been filled with careful research and journal-writing. For humanities, I have created 3 journal entries for the Syrian Revolution. These entries are not about ourselves; they are through the eyes of a person going through the Syrian Revolution. For my character, I chose a citizen in Deraa, one of the first cities in Syria to rebel. My goal was to show readers how the Syrian War has affected regular citizens just going about their lives and how they will stand up and sacrifice everything for their hopes. There are 3 turning points I defined in this brutal Rebellion.  in all bloody situation. As Mao had said, revolutions are not tea parties. This Syrian Rebellion has been going on since 2011! Right now as you are reading this, people are still recovering from losses. To see how I have understood this war, delve into my writing to read my journals.

After a dedicated month of research about the violent Syrian Revolution, Anannya, my partner, and I were ready to create a captivating Common Craft Video on this topic. We named the video the Syrian Revolution in Plain English and we identified the 4 key turning points we studied about through the Revolution. Our Common Craft video was produced on an app called Videoscribe. Anannya and I had started out wanting to make a stop-motion video. However, we soon realized that it would take much longer than Videoscribe would. Videoscribe turned out to be easier, nevertheless, it still had issues. One of the main issues we were faced with was matching the voiceover to the animations and keeping the time down to around 3 minutes.

Overall, the video turned out to be much better than we thought it would turn out. The animations matched what we were speaking about and depicted the situation well. The two of us are proud to share the video to show more people the terrible situation in Syria. It is not something to be ignored and it is still happening this very moment in time.

Here is our common craft video: https://isbtube.isb.bj.edu.cn/video/The-Syrian-Revolution-in-Plain-English-/28c60ed32c75fe1330a7d3b6a460236f#

Music. It has existed since prehistoric times, and it is still being created today in the 21st century. However, people tend to underrate the strength and power of music. “Symphony for the City of the Dead,” written by M.T Anderson, is a biography about a composer named Dmitri Shostakovich and how art during Joseph Stalin’s regime in WWII was viewed not only by the government but also by the people of the Slavic region. Art was not just music. Art included poetry, paintings, and operas. Shostakovich grew up in St. Petersburg in the ’20s, and during this time in Russia, it was a time of experimentation in the field of art. The possibilities of art were practically limitless, and instead of focusing on the past, experimenters centered on the future. Vladimir Lenin, the revolutionary leader of the Bolsheviks, stated that he was not fond of music. “It makes me want to say kind things, stupid things…” (42) Music had moved him, and even though pieces then were mostly experiments, they had impacts. Despite the artistic ventures from 1910 to around 1930, this period soon ended, when Stalin rose after Lenin’s death. Many began to miss older times.

During Stalin’s reign of iron, there was only a certain type of music that was allowed. Music that praised the government and himself. Music was a way for people to express, but that included contradictions to Stalin’s rule. He was desperate to keep his spot as the General Secretary of the Communist Party. Stalin’s secret police tried and slaughtered anyone who could have been threatening, usually composers. The reason why the government did this was because they believed in the strength of music. Music could caution the government and inspire people to rebel. Roughly 8 million were shot, 7 million sent to harsh camps, and 2 million died in a year. In July 1937, “259,450 people had to be arrested and sentenced to slave labor…72,950 had to be shot.” (118) This bloody harvest was the consequence of what was later called the Great Terror, starting in December 1936. The people absolutely despised Stalin, even more so when he announced that children as young as twelve could be executed. Families were torn apart, and parents could barely talk to their children, in fear of betrayal. It seemed like everyone had lost somebody they cared about. Shostakovich had lost his sister, and as one little boy saw his father taken by the police, he thought his father was guilty. Sobbing in a defeated way, he said: “Look at what those enemies of the people are like. Some of them even pretend to be fathers.”

Music cannot be limited to one definition. It is more than broken sounds. For some Russians, music was almost like a refuge. For others, it’s a way to recover from the violence. For citizens living in Leningrad, which is now St. Petersburg, music was comforting, refreshing and a motivating reminder to keep going and to keep surviving. The repeating theme throughout “Symphony for the City of the Dead” is the impact of music to give life meaning, keep people going, and to destroy and kill.

Shostakovich, along with many other artist’s works, were banned, such as Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony. The newspapers publicly humiliated and shamed the more adventurous and daring artists, willing to write their true feelings and not using the ironic “realism.” On January 28th, 1936, Shostakovich spotted an article about a piece of his work, titled “A Mess Instead of Music.” (91) The article had also stated that Shostakovich could end very badly. Shostakovich feared he could be the next victim of the secret police just because of his music. This injected fear into him, and everyone that had supported and enjoyed his newest opera: “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District,” turned against him to protect themselves against the secret police. The walls had ears, and people reported others so they could be on the safe side.

Throughout these violent times, Stalin’s best generals were already killed because they “challenged” Stalin. The Germans had already taken Minsk, capital of the Western USSR on the 28th of June. The Luftwaffe, the German air force, had bombed it on the first day of Operation Barbarossa, starting on June 22, 1941, to take Russia. As soon as Stalin declared war on the Germans, people all over Leningrad agreed to sign up to fight. After the Great Terror, one would think that nobody will be willing to fight for Stalin. Surprisingly, these people did fight, and they fought for their country, their family, and their lives. For Mother Russia, not Stalin. There were also some that said it would be good for Stalin to be overthrown because of how corrupt he was. Many cities greeted Hitler’s army with bread and salt.

While this happened, Shostakovich got married and had two children. Through lots of hardships, they were able to flee Leningrad, where the Germans were targeting next. Unfortunately, his extended family was still trapped there. The Germans surrounded Leningrad had planted mines for anyone who tried to flee Leningrad alone. At a simple glance, it definitely looked like Germany was going to win over Leningrad, but they did not. The people tried to stay stronger as the winters of Russia got harsher. Music helped them through it. Art, though illegal at times, motivated the people, especially lyrics and poems. Earlier, Stalin had rejected an import of food to make Russia seem better-off than it actually was. What Stalin did was a mistake. Because of this, it would doom Leningrad into starvation. Eventually, the food was put into the Bedayev warehouses. When Hitler learned of this, he ordered a nutritionist to calculate how much longer the Leningraders would live. Ernst Ziegelmeter stated that “…the population would starve to death soon…the German army should not invade the city, but to wait in a choking noose around it.” (218) It was not worth it to endanger more German Soldiers because according to him, “The Leningraders will die anyway…The more of them that stay there, the sooner they will die.”(218) The news got into Leningrad and the 2.5 million people were scared of this insight. Germany soon took advantage of this and the Luftwaffe bombed the warehouses. “The streets were filled with a deadening mist. It smelled of ham and butter.” (218)

The assaults on Leningrad still didn’t stop, and soon, the rations got much tighter. So tight that workers got 500 grams of bread, children got 300 grams, and the elderly got half as much. An infant would receive the same amount of food a 12-year-old would get, and the amount of food for adults was about a quarter a healthy and functioning person should receive. Food was running low, and so were fuel and other necessities to keep the impending winter warm. Shostakovich’s family was on the healthier side. Only his sister, Zoya had died. Shostakovich’s children were younger, so they didn’t consume as much food. Musicians were all too
fatigued to work. They could not use brass instruments because their lungs were too weak. The shelling that happened wasn’t just to injure and kill. According to a German prisoner, the shelling was to “…most importantly, destroy the morale of the Leningraders.” (222) As the food started running out, the Leningraders got more creative.

The desperate and empty-bellied people started to consume leather, wood, pages from books, and wallpaper paste. The one phrase I hear practically every day at school around lunchtime is “I’m starving!” In the book “Symphony for the City of the Dead,” the word starving is used many times to describe Leningrad. However, these people were actually on the line between life and death. The students at ISB have mostly had breakfast and are blessed with going to bed with fuller stomachs. These people could barely move. We have taken healthier meals for granted, and it is not something to be proud of. These people eventually resulted to cannibalism. Through these hard times, Shostakovich was inspired to create his famous 7th Symphony.

“By midwinter, the people of Leningrad have grown used to the sight of the dead on the streets and simply walked around them.” (283) How many dead bodies on the street were there for the inhabitants of Leningrad to be desensitized? Before the wars, the city was described as a “City in the bottom of the sea…” (283) because of the ice, but afterward, it seemed more like a nightmare. Still, the strong heartbeat of the 7th Symphony kept pounding. Returning soldiers faced depression, and many people had formed clans to hunt people down so they could eat them. What had become of humanity? This made many of the people question their existence. Were the human emotions and qualities such as marriage, parental love, and kindness merely an illusion? Leningraders were”…subjected to a stiff test.”(295) Was the mouth used to sing or to rip flesh?

Shostakovich’s symphony was almost writing itself. His emotions flowed onto the page. Shostakovich was already quite known due to the many criticisms that he received and the music he had written during the war. There was a use for composers and other artists in the war. The power of music could rise people up and raise morale. As an unknown composer said: “A song is a mighty weapon which could strike the enemy.” (176) The composers and writers got together and worked hard to boost the morale of the grim people. The music troops played for the Russian battalion, and the music was used to remind people of their own culture, land, and that they were human, even with the terrible cannibalism that was happening. Leningrad staged around 160 concerts each month. People gave up days worth of food to attend a concert. Music, even through the desperate situations, were still in people’s hearts.

Shostakovich was invited to a radio station to announce his creation of the 7th Symphony, and as he spoke, this lit a spark of hope in the hearts of the starving Leningraders who had submitted to cannibalism. Finally, when the Great Alliance between Russia, Great Britain, and America was formed, goods started coming into Russia again. The death rate went down by a third and there was definitely less cannibalism. Things were getting better. The now popular and complete 7thSymphonyy was first played in America, and Roosevelt sent the Soviet Union more goods for them to defeat the Germans. The 7th Symphony was definitely a key turning point in the war. The people in America started an organization called the Russian War Relief and received thousands of donations for Russia. The 7th Symphony was dedicated to Leningrad, and that was where Shostakovich wanted it to be played, in his hometown. It was premiered in on August 9th, 1942 in Leningrad to mock Hitler because the 9th of August in 1942 was the precise date Hitler said he would overcome Russia. While the hour-long symphony played in Philharmonia Hall, the people in the audience were all able to connect the music to their lives. The drums beat loudly and the deep, looming sounds of the woodwind instruments represent the rise of WWII and Stalin. That night, the people in the audience were one. Many cried silently and embraced each other. Leningrad cried together. “The event was unmissable” (342), and excitement rose. So many people that night starved for something else. For music. Loudspeakers blasted the music and there was not a single soul in Leningrad that did not hear this piece. To many Russians, this 7th Symphony sang the future and hope for victory, showing the Germans that the Slavic people were not subhumans. After the Symphony ended with a flourish, the audience burst into applause, giving Shostakovich a well-deserved standing ovation, lasting more than ten minutes. For the people of Leningrad, it gave the people a voice, an identity, a hope. The 7th Symphony was renamed the Leningrad Symphony. “This was a real Symphony which we lived. This was our Symphony. Leningrad’s.” (Diarist, 345)

On May 8, 1945, the Germans surrendered, and the war in Europe ended. In Leningrad, rejoicing began, and habilitations were made to the city. During WWII, 27 million Soviet citizens perished during the conflict. This number is larger than the deaths of all the other nations combined. The total dead in WWII was around 50 million. 13.6 percent of the Soviet nation died. Throughout this catastrophic time in Leningrad, the 7th Symphony truly gave the Leningraders a purpose to stand tall and keep fighting.


Here is the motivationalLenigrad Symphony: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRHZu5xoIe0





The One Day group that I chose to join went to a village behind BSB and down to the Wenyu River. We captured many amazing shots of these places. The two pictures below are my 2 pictures representing Village Life and River Life. The first picture is called “屋顶下的烟” and the second picture is called “A Golden Flare.”

In the village, we walked through the main road until we reached the end and we also saw lots of dogs. We also saw a few Chinese people living there, but they didn’t allow us to take any pictures of them.

Although it was pretty cold and my phone died in the village because of the cold, I still got some fantastic shots. The scenery was beautiful and there was noticeably less pollution. The village had many traditional Chinese roofs and many posters celebrating the upcoming Chinese New Year. We spent around 2 hours in total in the village and the river. There were many people fishing by the river as well. It was interesting to see the people there and fish.

Not only did I have fun taking pictures, but I also spent time with my friends and got to know some people better.

(Creds to Tori)


Overall, I had a lot of fun during One Day, and I’m glad that we finished everything that was needed to be completed. However, we had one minor problem in the afternoon. The picture below, called “Imily,” was accidentally printed 10 times and we didn’t know what we should have done with it. Eventually, we just decided to bring them home.

Swimming Unit – 2017

For this swimming unit, we each made a SMART goal we wanted to achieve and had many classes to try and achieve the goal. My SMART goal was to improve my swimming by swimming freestyle with the correct technique. I have achieved this goal because during the lessons, I always went to the freestyle part and because of that, I can now swim freestyle more accurately.

Before the unit, I always swan with bent legs and lifted my head too high, which wasted my energy. However, after the unit, I could see an improvement in my stroke. I definitely got faster as well, so this is the biggest change. Something else I would want to work on is my breast-stroke. This is because although I can swim breast-stroke fast, I am not swimming with the correct technique.

I Am Number Four is the book that I have decided to focus on for my third multimedia blog post, and I made a collage which focuses on the falling action. The falling action is when John Smith (Four) fights the Mogadorians – a species of aliens wanting to take over Earth for its resources- with his friends and Cêpan, Henri. This includes meeting Number 6. Number 6 has found John is hoping to unite the rest of the surviving Garde that happen to be on Earth. A Cêpan is a protector of the Garde, and the Garde is another species of aliens with powers, known as Legacies. The Cêpan trains the Garde to fight and to use their Legacies. The planet the Cêpan and the Garde come from is called Lorien. Lorien was attacked by the Mogadorians 10 years ago for its resources. It was defeated miserably, but 9 of the Garde and 9 Cêpan escaped in a shuttle to Earth. To keep the 18 Loriens safes, a charm was placed upon them so they had to be killed in order: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, then 9. John Smith is Number 4, and he and Henri escaped Florida to Ohio when Number 3 was killed.“In the beginning, we were a group of nine.Three are gone, dead.There are six of us left. They are hunting us, and they won’t stop until they’ve killed us all. I am Number Four. I know that I am next.” This shows the pressure and harms the Mogadorians cause and why John and Harry had left immediately to Ohio. The conflict of this book is person vs. supernatural because John and Henri are fighting against an entire species of scary and deadly aliens. The hateful and homicidal relationship started with the Mogadorians over Lorien’s resources, and it also shows how important and how far people would go for resources.

One clear theme in I Am Number Four that is mentioned in the book is that there will always be hope, no matter what. As Henri, his Cêpan says: “There is always hope, John. New developments have yet to present themselves…No, don’t give up on hope just yet, it’s the last thing to go. When you have lost hope, you have lost everything. And when you think all is lost, when you think all is dire and bleak, there is always hope.” I can connect this theme to the MS production I participated in because, in the end of the Pandora’s box scene, Hope emerges from the box and says: Even when everything is lost, hope will prevail! Throughout the book, John discovers new things about him. He learns that he can stand up and fight for his species and friends, despite all the evil of the Mogadorians.

My collage was slightly difficult to create because magic from John’s legacies are included in the book, and I couldn’t find the image that suited the scenes where he fought, so I used 3 pictures from the movie that was created. This picture from the movie is the one at the top, and it shows John with a light coming from his hands, and he is grimacing. The Legacies are difficult to keep up for a long period of time, and he was fighting for his race, so it wasn’t like he wouldn’t have a lot of pressure. Also, his Cêpan had just been killed, and his friends were either unconscious or somewhere away from him. He had no idea about their whereabouts, and having never met a Mogadorian before, he must have been scared. This picture also shows his first legacy, Lumen. “My hands come on and glow brilliantly with a bright light that sweeps through the night, the world suddenly ablaze.” The second picture is a picture of the two Mogadorians that attacked John and his friends, shooting light out of their swords in a school hallway. You can tell it’s in a high school because of the lockers in the background. The Mogadorians had chased the people throughout the school hoping to kill John, which will bring them closer to the extinction of Loriens. The second to last picture on the left is a picture of Henri, the Cêpan dying. “I haven’t felt him move in minutes and cannot tell if he’s alive.” The Mogadorians had killed him with a sword. The picture is of John cradling Henri’s head in his lap, and you can see the darkness and limp figure of Henri. The last picture is brighter, and shows a truck driving away. John is in the car with Number 6 and he is leaving Ohio to search for other members of the Garde so he can bring them together and defeat the Mogadorians. In the middle of all the pictures, I typed: I AM NUMBER FOUR, I AM NEXT. This sentence was on the blurb of the book, and is the last sentence used to build suspense and it sounds catchy. I think this this phrase worked well to describe John’s life. How he knows that he will be the next one to die.

I used Canva to create this collage because it was easy to use and it had a variety of designs for me to choose from.





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UGLIES – Movie Poster


For my multimedia project, I have chosen to create a movie poster on Pages based on Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld. I focused on the climax and the rising action of this book, where Tally Youngblood, the main character has a tough decision to make. In her futuristic world, everybody is turned pretty. This basically means they undergo a surgery that enhances their beauty or to perfect their appearances. As much as Tally is concerned, it will be the biggest and most important moment in her life, because she is an “Ugly,” and she wants to be a “Pretty”. Right before the sixteenth birthday, she meets a girl called Shay, and her whole perspective towards the surgery is soon flipped. As we call it, this surgery is known as plastic surgery, expect this changed everything. Their eye color, their height, and even their personality. Eventually, in the rising action, Tally decides to escape to where other Uglies have gone when they did not want the surgery. However, the government finds out, so they send her as a spy. She would not be having the surgery if she cannot find the Smoke and expose the location. “Her only way home was to betray her friend.” The conflict is mainly person vs. society, because it is a whole society’s beliefs that Tally tries to find a way around and to try and carry out her own thoughts. This even results in a war in that take place in the Smoke eventually.


The background of my movie poster is a small village in the middle of a vast forest, where Tally escapes to. This village is known as the Smoke, and she stays there, thinking about what she should do. Either to expose the Smokies, who are so friendly to her, or to stay there and live a life being who she is. I found this picture on bing and thought it fit the description of the Smoke perfectly: “Garden plots were planted in random spots between the buildings, twenty or so one-story structures made from long planks of wood… everywhere: in fences; as cooking spit…” This shows how isolated and how little resources for building the Smokies had, and I thought this picture fit this description well. The buildings are not in the best condition, but you cannot expect buildings to be sophisticated in the middle of a valley in the middle of a forest. The largest image on the poster is a picture of my face. Instead of searching up a picture and photo-shopping it, I took a picture of myself. This was because I could not find any pictures online that I liked. To create this image, I borrowed some of my mom’s lipstick and used face paint to draw on the rest. I soaked a colored pencil in warm water and outlined my right eyebrow, then I used the lipstick and smudged it on my cheek so it could be brighter. To signify the extra beauty and the surgery done on the right side of my face, I searched up pictures of a make-up brush and a scalpel used in surgery and put them by my face. I made sure the left side of my face was how it would look like normally so I could compare the two sides of my face. The before and process of “my surgery.” In Uglies, it starts with Tally trespassing just to see her best friend, Peris. Peris had the surgery a few months before Tally, and has not contacted her since. Full of frustration and concern, Tally locates him at a party, where he is so much more different. “It was Peris: is voice, his brown eyes, the way his forehead crinkled when he was confused. But he was so pretty now.” At the top of the poster, I added the title: Uglies, because it is the title of the book. When I put my image onto the pages doc, I used two lines to make the chain of a necklace. This is because when Tally left her town, a button was hidden in a locket so when she got to the Smoke, she could press down on the button and the computers would receive her location. After I finished, I added a catchphrase from the book. “We’re not freaks, Tally. We’re normal. We may not be gorgeous, but at least we’re not hyped-up Barbie dolls.” Then, I decided that I wanted both the author and my name on it, so I decided to write “Written by Scott Westerfeld, recreated by Emily Wang,” because in a way, I am recreating the cover.


As I have mentioned before, I’m focusing on the rising action and the climax of Uglies. Tally had wanted to be Pretty, so not only is the half face comparing the two ideas, it is also showing my (Tally’s) confusion on it. She doesn’t know what do to. Betray her best friend or to return to New Pretty Town and lead a confused and vague life or to stay an “Ugly” and live a free life. She faces this predicament while in the Smoke. “This was her chance. Might as well get it over with now. These people had forgotten that the Rusties had been insane, almost destroying the world in a million different ways…” The Smokies want to lead their own lives in the Smoke and to have their own natural appearances and personalities. Being raised up to believe that natural was ugly, this is a very big transition for Tally, and she learns how important her natural features can be.







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