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Among the Hidden

Among the Hidden

by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Freedom and Confinement Quotes

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Quote #4

"No, of course I wouldn't rather hide," Jen said irritably. "But getting one of those I.D.'s--that's just a different way of hiding." (20.20)

Touché, Jen. A fake I.D. conceals someone's true identity just as much as hiding in an attic, except for the whole being able to go outside part of it. The point is, according to Jen, that a fake I.D. still confines somebody within someone else's identity. And Jen Talbot doesn't want to be anyone but Jen Talbot.

Quote #5

For the first time, Luke felt a glimmer of pride, that he dealt with hiding better than anyone else in his family would. (20.32)

Hm, maybe. On the other hand, this sounds like a chicken and egg sort of deal: is Luke really better at hiding than then rest of his family, or is he just good at hiding because he's had to do it for his whole life? (And anyway, is being good at hiding really something to celebrate?)

Quote #6

"What kind of sign do you want to carry? 'I deserve a life' or 'End the Population Law now!' or--this is one I found in an old book--'Give me liberty or give me death'?" (22.24)

Jen wastes no time in rounding up some slogans to throw into the Government's face, with the last one having an especially ominous tone. But notice that each one carries a distinct message: the first demands human rights; the second appeals for law reform; and the third ties their struggle to the freedom fighters of years past. Which sign would you carry?

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