Excerpt: Symbolism in Uglies by laurenyih

In Uglies, the heart-shaped pendant symbolizes the constant battle that people fight within themselves everyday. On one hand, Tally wants to go home and party all night. On the other hand, she wants to stay in the Smoke with all of her new friends. When Tally destroys the pendant, it shows that she has won the battle she was originally facing. At the end of this story, readers are left to wonder if Tally made the right decision to choose and destroy the pendant. Was it right to rebel against the government even if they were controlling and intrusive? Or would it have been better if she had followed the laws? While we can see how one decision might be right at the time, we are often left with one question after we make the decision — was it the right choice?

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