Study Guide

The Selection Freedom and Confinement

By Kiera Cass

Freedom and Confinement

The Selection might seem like a glitzy reality show, but for America Singer, it feels more like a prison. Here's the deal: thirty-five girls are competing for the heart of Illéa's Prince Maxon, and America is among them. Should be a blast, right? Not for her. Whether due to class differences, her love for her family, and her seemingly unrequited feelings for her secret boyfriend, our heroine just can't get comfortable. But then something happens. We don't want to spoil anything, but let's just say that the palace starts feeling less like a prison, and more like a sanctuary.

Questions About Freedom and Confinement

  1. Why does America feel that her family limits her choices? Is she right in this belief?
  2. In what ways does the caste system contribute to America's feelings of confinement?
  3. Why does America's relationship with the palace change over the course of the novel?
  4. Will America still be free if she becomes the Queen? Explain.

Chew on This

By limiting people's choices, the Illéan government maintains an authoritarian control over its people.

America will have to sacrifice some degree of her freedom if she truly wants to become the Queen of Illéa.