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During the first piece of evidence, Jonas, the new receiver of memories, was learning about colors, and could not understand why there were no choices in society. He came to the realization that choices are not safe and society could be split into segments with choices. When these choices are taken away, there is no way to judge or split humanity, and there is no need to fear war because there would be no hate. Human nature is a controlling powerhouse; however, by taking choices away, all of that energy will reform into making everyone equal. The next scene was Jonas first understanding that what he saw glimpses of was a color, red. He saw that flesh had color, and he was amazed that everyone had a different skin color. The second evidence shows how the Sameness that was created prevents any segregation and judging. There can be no racial difference when everyone looks the same, causing there to be no opposing groups. Everyone is treated equally and has nothing to be ashamed of, especially since everyone in their society has the same exact items. People do not have to be self-conscious about what they wear or how they look because it will no longer matter. These two pieces of evidence show that when choices and differences in appearance disappear, society is much simpler and individuals treat each other equally.

In the first quote, Maniac and the Beales twins are taking a bath. Mrs. Beale is amazed by this because whites and black did not mix in their town, let alone take a bath together. The first piece of evidence shows how the color barrier was unprecedentedly broken by Maniac. He did not care that the Beales had a different skin color; all he noticed was there kindness and giving character. The scene in the second piece of evidence was when Mars Bar jokingly offered a bite of his chocolate bar to Maniac, and he ate it, which was an unthinkable act. The second piece of evidence shows how Mars Bar and his friends saw a lack of street knowledge in Maniac because he did something unheard of. Maniac did not even care that Mars was a different color; Maniac treated Mars the same way he would treat anyone else, even if their skin was white. These two pieces of evidence show that although color is what separates people into groups by society, character is what truly defines an individual. Society needs to get past looks and start getting to know people to make the decision on what they are like then.

In these scenes, the characters are preparing for the big rumble between the Socs and Greasers. In the first piece of evidence, Randy is explaining that no matter what, there will always be opposing and competing sides because it is human nature. The groups that are in the book, however, are based on social class, looks, and what an individual owns, instead of their personality. Human nature took over the characters and forced them to separate into different groups. In the second quote, the Greasers and Socs are about to start the rumble. Pony is thinking about how the groups are defined and how inaccurate they are. The second evidence shows that the groups have the wrong labels on them. The labels are based on appearance, not personality; however, if these two factors were switched in which one was the deciding factor, the more popular one would end up being the poorer group. These two pieces of evidence show how much of a difference looking at personality makes than looking at appearance makes.

After Hitler came to power, he set many laws called the Nuremberg Laws. These laws took many rights away from the Jews and caused them to suffer. Having to wear a yellow star, only being able to shop at certain times in certain places, and being restricted to who can be visited are little laws; however, they cause a huge different in an individual's life when simple freedoms are taken away. The Jews were cut from the “normal” society. Their basic freedoms were taken, and these common,normal people became outsiders. People knew who was a Jew and who wasn’t very clearly, which separated society extremely. The fact that Jews were forced or felt forced to move from their beloved homes shows how the harsh conditions of being excluded from society affected the Jews. They moved and tried to have a new beginning where they were treated better. The world learned from this event that when one person in power excludes a group, that idea never goes away until it is destroyed by war.

Human nature is to judge, which creates segments in society.

Evidence #1: "Jews must wear a yellow star...Jews are only allowed to do their shopping between three and five o'clock and then only in shops which bear the placard 'Jewish Shop'...Jews may not visit Christians"(Frank 677).Evidence #2: " we were Jewish, we emigrated to Holland in 1933...The rest of our family, however, felt the full impact of Hitler's anti-Jewish laws, so life was filled with anxiety. In 1938, after two pogroms, my two uncles(my mother's brothers) escaped to the U.S.A."(Frank 676 ).

Evidence #1: " You can't win, even if you whip us. You'll still be where you were before- at the bottom, And we'll still be the lucky ones with all the breaks. So it doesn't do any good, the fighting and the killing. It doesn't prove a thing. We'll forget it if you win, or if you don't. Greasers will still be Greasers and Socs will still be Socs "(Hinton 117).Evidence #2: "That's why people don't ever think to blame the Socs and are always ready to jump on us. We look hoody and they look decent. It could be just the other way around- half- of the hoods I know are pretty decent guys underneath all that grease, and from what I've heard, a lot of Socs are just cold-blooded mean-but people usually go by looks "(Hinton 141).

Evidence #1: "Sometimes Mrs. Beale would poke her head in and stare: one little black girl, one little black boy, and one medium white boy. And she would smile and wag her head and sigh: "Never saw such a tub" "(Spinelli 48). Evidence #2: "The kid had done the unthinkable, he had chomped on one of Mars's own bars. Not only that, but white kids just don't put their mouths where black kids had had theirs, be it soda bottles, spoons, or candy bars. And the kid hadn't even gone for the unused end; he had chomped right over Mars Bar's own bite marks"(Spinelli 34).

Evidence #1: "We don't dare to let people make choices of their own...Definitely not safe...What if they were allowed to choose their own mate? And they chose wrong?... We really have to protect our people from wrong choices"(Lowry 98 and 99).Evidence #2: "There was a time- actually-you'll see this in the memories later- when flesh was many different colors. That was before we went to Sameness. Today flesh is all the same, and what you saw was the red tones...We relinquished color when we relinquished sunshine and did away with differences"(Lowry 94 and 95).

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