Among the Hidden
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Among the Hidden Theme of Class
No, not the thing you sit through for 5 or 6 hours a day that forces you to read stuff and answer questions. We're talking about the 99% type of class. When the word class is used outside an actual classroom, it's referring to a group of people who are bound together by possessing a certain amount of money and status. In Among the Hidden, Luke's and Jen's families are definitely not part of the same class. And this conflict comes up multiple times throughout the book. Not only making it a theme, but making it an important one. Especially when it is directly related to the totalitarian government and the poverty of non-Barons.
Questions About Class
- How does Luke react to meeting not only another person, but a Baron?
- How does Jen's dad fit the Baron stereotype? How does he oppose the Baron stereotype?
- What are some of Jen's preconceived notions of non-Barons?
- How well do you think Luke will adapt to his new Baron life as Lee Grant?
Chew on This
The Population Law is the only instance where Barons and non-Barons are treated equally.
Jen has just as many preconceived notions of non-Barons as Luke's family has of Barons.