Thursday, 9 May 2013

Individual Post 7

Theme, theme, theme, and theme.. Where can I possibly begin? My group found if very difficult to decide upon one short and concise theme statement for this novel. We discussed things from equality to beliefs to social status, and finally concluded on one specific topic; morality. After deciding this, we pieced together a sentence and came up with our official theme statement. Our theme is the difference's of morality and it's influences. Throughout the novel we are introduced to unique characters and their even more unique moral beliefs. The differences of morality play a very large part of shaping the storyline of the book, without a doubt. To support our theme statement, we found quotes from the novel  as evidence. Below you will find the quotes (underneath all of them is the authors last name and page number).

“I love you," Matt said.
I love you, too," Maria replied. "I know that's a sin, and I'll probably go to hell for it."
If I have a soul, I'll go with you," promised Matt.
(Farmer, 222)

“No one can tell the difference between a clone and a human. That's because there isn't any difference. The idea of clones being inferior is a filthy lie.”
(Farmer, 245)

““Saint Francis would take a dog to church,” Maria said in a clear, high voice. Where had she come from? Matt turned to find her right behind him. She was even more beautiful close up. “Saint Francis took a wolf to church,” she said, “He loved all animals.” “Maria,” groaned Emilia, who wasn’t far behind. “Dada will have a fit when he finds out what you’re doing””
(Farmer 154)

““Father decided implants were immoral,” said Mr. Alacran, “And I honoured his decision.” A sudden intake of breath around the table told Matt that Mr. Alacran had said something dangerous. “He’s deeply religious. He thinks God put him on earth for a certain number of years and that he mustn’t ask for more.” El Patron stared at Mr. Alacran for a long moment. “I’ll overlook your rudeness,” he said at last.”
(Farmer 106)

“Give things . . .  away?” he cried in the voice of a man one hundred years younger. “Give things away? I can’t believe I heard that! What have they been teaching you!”
(Farmer, 184)

“Was it wrong to blow twenty men to smithereens? El Patron wouldn’t have worried one second over it. Tam Lin had tried to blow up the English prime minister, but he’d killed twenty children instead.
Murder is wrong, Brother Wolf, said a voice in Matt’s mind. He sighed. “
(Farmer, 312)

“...Only you must promise me that once you’re in control, you’ll destroy the opium empire and tear down the barrier that has kept Aztlan and the United States apart for so long.”
(Further down the page)
He (Matt) guessed that Esperanza cared less about her daughters than her desire to destroy Opium.
(On the next page)
He (Matt) understood the full extent of it now. It wasn’t only the drug addicts throughout the world or the illegals doomed to slavery. It was their orphaned children responsible for the Keepers.
“I promise,” he (Matt) said.
(Farmer, 367-368)

"You aren't evil, only [...]"

"Only what?"

"You don't have a soul, so you can't be baptized. All animals are like that." 
"What Matt hated about the creature was everyone´s assumption that he and Furball were the same.  It didn’t matter that Matt had excellent grades and good manners. They were both animals and thus unimportant."
(Farmer, 85).

“Listen to me,” said Celia. “El Patron had ruled his empire for one hundred years. All that time he was adding to his dragon hoard, and he wanted to be buried with it. Unfortunately”- Celia stopped and wiped her eyes- “Unfortunately, the dragon hoard included people.” 
(Farmer, 375-376)

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