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Transcript of Legend Book
June - She has no living family left. Deceased: Mother and Father, Metias (Brother, Best Friend)
Why is this dystopian? --- June: 16 and being forced into the army. Day: Has to pretend to be dead for families safety.
Dystopian Book Project: Legend
Individuality vs. Sameness
Their society (Republic) is relatively the same as ours. It is in the United States, and they just split it into sectors differently then we do. They have lots of bad weather,
"The oncoming hurricane (the fifth one this year)." (276)
"Day" - Day means that you get a whole new set of 24 hours. You have a fresh start.
Day's pendant - Day's pendant is a symbol of his father to him. It is the only thing that he has left of his father. "My father had given me that pendant." (52)
White clothing - The white that they wear to the funerals is a symbol of the dead and dying when the volcano erupted. It is a way to respect and honor them.
The Elector Primo (President) is in charge, and he makes all the big decisions. Commander Jameson is in charge of many of the soldiers and controls where and when they will serve.
"Commander Jameson doesn't believe I can accomplish anything on my mission by myself."(124)
- (dictionary definition) a large-screen television designed to accommodate a very large venue, such as a sports stadium
- money in this time; Republic Gold has a higher value than Notes
- a term for small towns in the book;
¨Cousin¨ - a polite name that people from the Lake sector call others.
> the nickname ¨
¨ - this nickname originated from when the Republic didn't know what Day's real name was
- a knot popular only in the higher class
- an illness that plays a major roll in the book, it is mentioned more than once
- a fight in which you bet on who wins
> the nickname¨
¨ - Metias' nickname for June
10 yr-olds take the Trial…
your Trial score determines your future
. This does not happen today. People are not classified through test scores)
> 1500 - (perfect score; only one person known who got that score) “lots of money and power” (7).
> 1450 - 1499 - "instant access to 6 years of high school and then 4 the top universities in the Republic" (7).
> 1250 - 1449 - "continue on to high school, and then you're assigned to a college." (7).
> 1000 - 1249 - "you join the poor" (7).
> "You fail." (7).
> “Wealthy families like ours always have elaborate funerals”
“It was not always this way, only after the first floods and volcanic eruptions, after the Republic built a barrier along the warfront to keep the Colonies’ deserters from fleeing illegally into our territory, did people start mourning for the dead by wearing white.” (p. 61)
After the first eruptions, white volcanic ash rained for months. The dead and dying were covered in it. So now to wear white is to remember the dead
” - Metias (p. 61)
(spies from the Colonies or the Patriots)
are usually tortured to their deaths
even after he/she answers the questions of the commander and the people assigned to take care of him/her (p. 93 and 94)
> Criminals of the law are sent to trials like criminals today. But, executions are different.
If the criminal was highly wanted by the Republic, his/her execution will be broadcast live across the city
, showing an example of what will happen to those who go against the Republic. (p. 192)
(everything is the same as today's society except..)
Food in Legend is used for the same purposes as in our society today. Those in wealthier sectors have more access to food. They don't specify where they get the food, but they have "street vendors [calling out to those who pass by] selling boiled goose eggs and fried dough and hot dogs." (67). There are also strange foods: "he fed me a purple slice of
orange" (35). The only time in Legend people received
food from the government is when they had
the plague, in which case they
receive rations daily.
“Eden turns ten in two months, which means that in two months he’ll
have to take the trial… you get a perfect score- 1500 points… You score
between a 1450 and a 1499. Pat yourself on the back because you’ll get instant access to six years of high school and then four at the top universities in the Republic… you get a good score, somewhere between 1250 and 1449 points. You get to continue high school, and then you’re assigned a college. Not bad. You squeak by with a score between 1000 and 1249. Congress bars you from high school. You join the poor, like my
family… You fail. It’s almost always the slum-sector kids who fail… If you’re lucky, Congress will let you die without first sending you to the labs to
be examined for imperfections.” (7).
Skiz fights are really popular in poor areas.
Skiz fights are just wrestling matches in which people bet on who they think will win
Winnings from the bet is a way poor people can make tax-free money
(aside from robbery)
(p. 69, 100, 101)
The people that make up the republic are all individuals and unique. They are all different, but they do have similarities, like in our society. Example: People in the rich sectors are well fed and can afford to buy extra stuff. People in the poor sectors try to scavenge for food and clothing before the next big storm hits. As you can see there are differences between the people. There are also many similarities. Some of them include that all the people have the same amount of power over the government (which is none). The only people who have power are the people who have been specially trained for it (People in the army or the Elector Primo). The people are intellectually different too. Here is an example from the book.
Example of Individuality vs. Sameness From the Book
By: Grette Schmidt, Kylee Moberg, Monica Algopera, Lucia Ranallo, and Stephanie Anderson.
Day- "His face is perfectly symmetrical" "His right eye is slightly paler than his left" (125) "His teeth are beautiful"(127)
June- "Has large dark eyes." "Shes a little paler than other girls I see in the sector" " Native, maybe, Caucasian." (112) "Her dark hair pulled back into a high glossy ponytail." (165)
Everyone's physical appearances are not dystopian. The republic does not control what they look like or wear (unless they are a soldier on duty).
Soldiers- All dressed in a clean uniform. On their jacket (part of the uniform) they have a blue pin on their sleeves to
clarify them as republic soldiers.
Soldiers physical appearances are not dystopian because it is the same in our world. It is an easy way to tell if someone is an enemy or a friend.
The Republic is fighting a war against the colonies (They have been for a LONG time). The people do not know much about the colonies, as the Republic keeps most of the information hidden. People do not know when this war started or when it will end. They just believe this started forever ago. The people also do not know if there once was a United States, as the Republic also
keeps this information
"Its more proof." At first my father tried to show it only to Mom, but I managed to get a good look as he turned it over in his hands. A bird on one side, a man's profile on the other, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IN GOD WE TRUST, QUARTER DOLLAR embossed on one side and LIBERTY and 1990 on the other. "See? Evidence." He pressed it into her palm.
"Where did you find this?" Mom asked.
"In the southern swamplands between the two warfronts. Its a genuine coin from nineteen-ninety. See the name? United States. It was real." (233)
These are not dystopian symbols. People in our world have certain words or tokens that mean a lot to them.
Think about it in sports terms if you were playing in a game and your team wasn't wearing all the same jerseys it would be hard to tell who was on your team and who wasn't. This way it is easier to tell without making fatal mistakes.