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Group Literature Circle Project

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Katie Rowe

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How have the themes of these books impacted the US today? Literature Circle Group Project Themes that are Present: Throughout the different novels, the main character or characters have to face some sort of change.
For example, in the Ear the Eye and the Arm, Tendai went from being spoiled and wealthy to being more apprehensive and aware of the world.

They have to go against what they once knew to understand what they encounter.
In the Time Machine, The Time Traveler expected humanity to be much more advanced than they turned out to be.

They have to change what they believe in after they learn the truth
In the Book Thief, after Liesel learns that the Nazis are cruel and unjust, her opinion on them changes and she grows angry with how their government is run Ideas that are Present -There are factions in the books that try to promote "sameness."
The Book Thief: The Nazis were discriminating against Jews
Long Walk to Water: The Sudan government wanted everyone to be Muslim.
-The main characters of the books were being oppressed and they must try to escape it.
The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm: The children are forced into slavery and must try to escape.
Nelson Mandela: They were being oppressed by race.
-They all experience pain, suffering, oppression.
Long Walk to Water: Salva had to flee from the government and the rebels in order to find peace
The Book Thief: Liesel's family and friends died due to the Nazis and the war.
-There are major changes in their lives and they must adapt.
The Time Machine: The Time Traveler expected to find a highly advanced human civilization in the future, so he didn't prepare to survive without basic supplies. Instead, he encountered two human evolutionary descendants and a vast wilderness, and he is forced to survive with what he has in order to reclaim his Time Machine.
The Ear, The Eye, and The Arm: Tendai, Rita, and Kuda are forced to go from spoiled, rich kids to looking out for themselves and maturing in the process. There is far less discrimination in United States legislation than there has been before. Why are these themes important? The Book Thief: WWII made a huge impact on the fighting of oppression. Discrimination is now viewed negatively, and there are laws against such things. For example, during the 1940's, women in the US had to step up and join the workforce. This was the first time women really had to work and has made a huge influence on how the US is today.
The Ear, The Eye, and the Arm: The division between the wealthy and the impoverished mutants could be related to poverty in the United States and how the middle and upper classes often ignore the suffering. Fortunately, our government takes action with programs like the food stamp system.
Time Machine:The Eloi do not have to do much, while the Morlocks have a very rugged, working-class lifestyle. It could be seen as an antonym for the modern United States; in 802701, there is a biologically reinforced gap between upper and lower classes with no median class, while in the US, there has been a growing middle class that has been exerting power over society. Because this book was a sci-fi classic, it may have influenced some people to take action to prevent such a fate for humanity's descendants.
Long Walk to Water: In modern times, the US has been having greater problems with poverty, although it's less severe than the decline in Sudan. Both countries have internal groups fighting both each other and their government. However, in Sudan, they fight the government with violence, unlike in the United States, where more peaceful protests are used.
Nelson Mandela: Racial laws and segregation were overcome in South Africa just as they were here in America. He fights for freedom and equal rights that people have today. It formed many new laws that protected the liberty and rights of the people. We also have the right to protest peacefully now that they didn't have back then. How can these themes be used in everyday life? We can accept other people's differences instead of trying to change them.
Ex: Instead of forcibly converting people to your religion or convincing them of your political opinion, you can just accept them for who they are and allow them to have their own opinions.

We learn the importance of standing up for the downtrodden. By volunteering and donating you can help the oppressed in everyday life.
Ex: You can volunteer at an organization that advocates for oppressed groups.
Ex: Standing up for people who are being bullied for their differences

We should be aware of the consequences of our actions and desires, because they can affect our futures and the lives of those who come after us.
Ex: We should teach the younger generations that being wasteful and not preserving the environment has negative consequences.
Ex: Educating people on the importance of accepting others' beliefs and differences in opinion If the historical events in the novels didn't happen, the United States would not be as democratic as it is today.

From the writings of oppressed groups, we have learned that sometimes, it is not in the best interests of a nation or community to try to promote "sameness." It may lead to discrimination and the purging of other groups of people. Sometimes, diversity can be strengthening to a community, making "sameness" counter-intuitive.

The themes in the book could show what would happen to us in the long run if we did not think about our future. by Emma Butterworth, Saurav Chatterjee, Madison Pippert, Josh Rabinowitz, and Katie Rowe
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