by Scott Westerfeld
Uglies Freedom and Confinement Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)
"I'm sick of this city," Shay continued. "I'm sick of the rules and boundaries. The last thing I want is to become some empty-headed new pretty, having one big party all day." (10.75)
Shay is sick of the boundaries—not that she respects boundaries (good little rebel that she is). For instance, she breaks into New Pretty Town pretty regularly, even though that seems to be against the law. But notice that Shay moves very quickly from "rules and boundaries" to "empty-headed new pretty," as if being turned pretty was some form of confinement. (And it kind of is.)
"We don't have to look like everyone else, Tally, and act like everyone else. We've got a choice. We can grow up any way we want." (11.42)
Sure, no one in the Smoke is going to give you surgery while you sleep (worst summer camp ever). On the other hand, they can't really grow up "any way" they want out in the wilderness; out in the Smoke they have to deal with all other sorts of confinement, like hunting for food and dealing with the Boss.
"And our city can stand a great deal of freedom, Tally. It gives youngsters room to play tricks, to develop their creativity and independence." (13.53)
Dr. Cable isn't being totally honest here: sure, that the city lets uglies play tricks, but as Tally later realizes, the city allows this little bit of freedom just so people can "blow off steam." (42.14). In other words, a little freedom makes people easier to control.