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  • Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
  • Theme
  • " ' You're a Noavek,' he said stubbornly, folding his arms. ' Brutality is in your blood."
  • Theme Development #1
  • "These men were Shotet. Ememies of Thuvhe, enemies of theirs. People like this were responsible for every candle lit in the memorial of the Shotet invasion." (28)
  • Progress report #3: Theme  by Alyssa Sparto
  • Theme Development #2
  • " 'Growing up here has warped you, hasn't it." (116)
  • My theme is girst judgments are not always right. In my story Cyra is from the Novak family, who are known for being brutal and cruel. Akos is from  a famous thuveist family, who are known for being gentle and nice. Akos and his brother are captured by the Sovet, the society the Noavek's are from, and meets Cyra. He meets Cyra and learns what she is really like and that he was wrong about his first judgment.
  • Theme Development #3
  • I smelled cooked meat and smoke, and turned to smile at Akos. His expression was strange. Confused, almost, like this was not a Shotet that he had ever imagined. (119)
  • Akos first thinks that all shotet are brutal. He grown up with the shotet as his enemy, so natural he doesn't trust any of them. Also they killed his dad in front of him,made his sister and mom go into hiding,  captured him and his brother. He grew up learning that shotet have brutality in their blood.
  • Thematic Solution  
  • "Instead, he drew a knife from his side of his boot, and drove the blade into Suzao's side, right between two of his ribs." (283)
  • He is realizing the judgment he first made could have been wrong. Akos learns about some of Cyra past and what she has gone through. It starts to change his mind about all shotet people. He starts to realize that they have completely different lives and that is what she was taught to do. He grew up in a society that was better than where she grew up, but he thinks killing is bad and that she is doing it for no reason. 
  • He realize she is doing what she does to survive and that in fact she is not brutal and there are people that are shotet who are not brutal. It is mostly the leaders that are brutal, like her older brother. Her brother is the one forcing her to use her power to hurt power and she can't do anything about it.
  • At first he resented the shotet for being brutal and now he is becoming brutal because it is how he is going the help is brother and survive. He now knows that some of the people are just acting brutal because they will die if they don't. He can also now tell the difference between using burtality for surviving and then using it to become powerful and kill people when no one needs to die.
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