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?
Things that seem trivial, such as body language and speech, can be a window into a person’s thoughts and emotions. Other indicators of a person’s well being are their environment and with whom that person chooses to spend time. In The Giver by Lois Lowry, the citizens of the community in which Jonas lives are kept in the dark about issues such as hunger, war, and even death itself. They live in a black and white world, both literally and figuratively, and do not know color, love, or any true emotion. All of the memories of hardships and emotion are stored in a single person, the Giver. The Giver passes down the memories to the Receiver, who then becomes the next Giver. When Jonas is selected as the Receiver, he starts to gain knowledge of the real world, not just the utopian microcosm of the real world that he lives in. This journey makes its mark on his thoughts, mental health, and even his physical health. Lowry uses symbolism, dialogue, and sentence structure to show Jonas’s state of being and mental health throughout the book.