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    Often times people describe the end of the world as the sky falling down or the sun never rising. But would that still be so bad if the dark was all you ever knew? Perhaps The City Of Ember—a 270 page long dystopian fantasy novel by Jeanne Duprau—could help you figure out your answer. The book was published by Yearling in May, 2003. This novel is set in (you guessed it) a city called Ember, where the sky is black and there is no sun. The only source of light for the people living there is the streetlights, which are only lit during the daytime. The beginning of the book is during the 541th year of Ember’s existence. They don’t keep time with months in Ember, simply the year. The main characters in The City Of Ember are Lina Mayfleet and Doon…

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    The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau is a science fiction novel about a post apocalyptic city called Ember, that is under the earth's crust. The people who live in this city have never seen the outside world and only know what was left for them by “the builders”. Ember is run by a generator but it is beginning to fail. There are blackouts and the city is beginning to feel anxious, and they are trying to figure out how to solve it. Lina and her friend Boon are looking to save Ember with a document…

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    In The City of Ember, irony was common throughout the whole novel. It is evident when Doon discovered that “‘The mayor has a secret storeroom in the pipe works’” (158). The mayor and Looper were working together to steal all the supplies in Ember so that they would not die out along with all the other people in Ember when the supplies run out. The mayor would be living a life of luxury with Looper until he, too, eventually die. This selfish, greedy behavior does not belong to a good mayor. A…

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    Figurative Language: Irony- The City of Ember In The City of Ember, irony occurs all throughout the novel. One such instance is when Lina and Doon discover the mayor’s secret storeroom in the Pipeworks: “‘The mayor has a secret treasure room in the Pipeworks’” (158). Doon had been curious and wondered if this room he found deep within the Pipeworks might be a way out and brought Lina with him to investigate. Shocked when Lina remembers the message she had given to the mayor from Looper, the…

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    What if you lived in a cave that they called their city and their lights flickered on and off every day? The City of Ember, by Jeanne Duprau. Two twelve year old kids named Lina and Doon are trying to find a way out of the City of Ember. They find a box that has instructions to get out of Ember that the builders wrote but most of the page is faded so they can’t read the whole page. On their way out they have lots of obstacles. The City of Ember has many similarities and differences between the…

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    Plato’s Cave Allegory in City of Ember The secrets of the real world lie buried underground, hidden in a secret box; a box that only Lena has access to. In this movie, City of Ember, Lena and Dune uncover a round map that may lead them out of their underground life. It is during their trek to find the truth that I discover many similarities between the plot and Plato’s metaphysical views. There are many instances where the theory of forms is present. In addition to a metaphysical comparison,…

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    The fact that the very city is named “Ember” is ironic indeed. After all, what is the definition of an ember? An ember – is a small piece of burning or glowing coal or wood in a dying fire that is fighting to stay lit, to keep its spark of life. One may see why the builders might name the city “Ember” with its constant struggle for survival, with the looming darkness and flickering lights. Moreover, the paralyzing fear that the last bit of vibrant light may ultimately disappear from this…

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    this quotation, we can see that Ember was apt to fall soon, people are running out of everything, to the point where they have to reuse things, like clothing for example. Lights flicker, the blackouts slowly get longer each time one happens, the mayor is not doing his job, and always talk about the specious "solution." Also, back in the beginning of the story, the author commented that “In the city of Ember, the sky was always dark”(ch.1, pg.4), which gave the idea that Ember is underground,…

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    As mentioned in our textbook, the social stratification of various societies means that, “they contain social groups such as families, classes, or ethnic groups that have unequal access to important advantages” (Ember 138). These advantages that stratified individuals have unequal access to include economic resources, power, and prestige, which can limit individuals from gaining and retaining wealth, individual control, and respect from others. Therefore, one of the specific consequences of…

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    fact, a city of wood… The nearby forests of Michigan and Wisconsin made that material both inexpensive and easily obtainable.” Around two- thirds of Chicago’s building and houses were made of flammable wood. On October 8, 1871 a disastrous fire broke out, known as the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. It began at the O'Leary's barn, and rumors spread that the cause was the O'Leary's cow kicking over a lantern while Mrs. O’Leany milked it, but that was never proven. The fire burned from…

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