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“This whole game is designed to make us hate ourselves.”. Uglies VS 1984. Izzy Brancifort, Annie Ludlow, Olivia Hays, and Morgan O’Donnell. Uglies. Tally Youngblood can’t wait to turn pretty. In her society, at age 16, and intervals throughout life, you have an operation to become pretty.

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Uglies vs 1984

“This whole game is designed to make us hate ourselves.”

Uglies VS 1984

Izzy Brancifort, Annie Ludlow, Olivia Hays, and Morgan O’Donnell


  • Tally Youngblood can’t wait to turn pretty. In her society, at age 16, and intervals throughout life, you have an operation to become pretty.

  • Her new friend Shay is supposed to turn pretty with her but leaves to go to the Smoke. A camp where no one turns “pretty”.

  • Given the choice of staying ugly forever or finding the Smoke and then become pretty, Tally uncovers a secret that changes her thoughts about her whole life.

Uglies vs 1984

  • Big Brother is always watching you. In Winston’s society, you’re only thoughts are the ones the party gives you.

  • After meeting two people who have different affects in his life, Winston goes on a journey to find reality and discover truth.

  • Trying to defy Big Brother, Winston is faced with challenges that he might not even be able to face.

About the author
About the Author

  • Scott Westerfeld was born in 1963 in Dallas Texas.

  • Married to a young-adult fiction author, like himself.

  • Has written over 15 books

    Inspiration from everyday life:

  • People he meets on streets

  • Society today

  • Technology


  • In Uglies, everyone is considered “ugly” until their sixteen birthday when they undergo a surgery to turn them “pretty.”

  • In 1984, the government controls every aspect of society, and the people in the society are not allowed to have their own opinions or thoughts.

  • In both, their government leaders tell their people that they are protecting them, but in all reality, they are just protecting themselves from being overthrown.


Olivia Hays

Lack of individuality
Lack of Individuality



No one may express their own thoughts

Writing own ideas/ views is banned

Government decides every move made

No intimate relationships

“even to go for a walk by yourself, was always slightly dangerous.”

  • Once pretty, everyone around is pretty

  • When ugly, everyone around is ugly

  • “’great’, shay groaned, ‘I totally look like every other new pretty in the world’”

Both: forced to conform to a society where there is a reputation of fitting in with the lifestyles of others around

Physically and mentally
Physically and Mentally




May not write opposing thoughts

Must worship Big Brother

Tortured for rebellion

“'Do it to Julia! Do it to Julia! Not me! Julia! I don't care what you do to her. Tear her face off, strip her to the bones. Not me! Julia! Not me!’”



“…sooner or later they were bound to get you.”


  • Ugly in eyes of others

  • Pretty after surgery


  • Looked down and made fun of when ugly

  • “Not into her squinty , narrow-set, indifferently brown eyes. Nobody eyes.”

  • “I want to see you pretty.”

  • “They leaped back as if she transformed into a

    • werewolf.”

Both: physically and mentally judged and changed by other citizens and by ruling power

Brain washing
Brain washing



Gov. influences citizens

Citizens made to think society is utopian

“In accordance with the principles of doublethink, this aim is simultaneously recognized and not recognized by the directing brains of the inner party”

  • Surgery changes ability to think

  • Brain becomes in mind set of pretty culture/ society

  • “Maybe the reason war and all that other stuff went away is that there are no more controversies, no disagreements, no people demanding change.”

Both: Powerful ruler/ ruling party that causes them to perform wanted actions with or against will


Izzy Brancifort




The society was given very little or fabricated parts of history or

Don’t remember how or when the society started

“Who controls the past controls the future, who controls the present controls the past.”

  • Don’t remember how or when the society started

  • Only given a selected part of history

  • Only tell them specifics and make sure to tell them the old societies ended badly

  • “You know how Rusties lived… war and crime…”




1984- change how one perceives people

“I got up and for morning exercise… like everyone does…”

  • Uglies- change looks at age 16

  • Society gives them what they think they want. What was made desirable

  • “We are ugly!”

  • “You’ve seen pretties. They look…wonderful”




brainwashed-tortured until they think the way you want them to

Actually changes thoughts

“People simply disappeared… your name was removed from registers, every record of everything…wiped out…”

  • Uglies- have lesions put in brain during operation

  • Moderate what you think, you’re emotions

  • “…there are no more controversies, no disagreements, no people demanding change. Just masses of smiling pretties, and a few people left to run things.”

Surveillance annie ludlow
SurveillanceAnnie Ludlow


  • Uglies

  • Interface ring

  • Hoverboard

  • “unlike other bridges into new pretty town, the old bridge couldn’t talk-or report trespassers, more importantly.”

  • 1984

  • Telescreen

  • The instrument (the Telescreen, it was called) could be dimmed, but there was no way of shutting it off completely.




Must stay in town limits

“he was in a high-ceilinged windowless cell with walls of glittering white porcelain.”

  • Uglies cannot go into the pretty town

  • Cannot go farther than certain areas

  • “a couple months and we’ll be stuck inside the river. Pretty and boring." shay

Limitation of actions
Limitation of actions



Consequences for uncontrolled or opinionated thoughts

“How could you have a slogan like ‘freedom is slavery’ when the concept of freedom has been abolished?”

  • Mandatory surgery to make them “pretty”

  • Many things that prettys can do that uglies arent allowed to take part in.

  • “come on, shay. They do all the same stuff we do: bungee jump, fly, play with fireworks. Only they don’t have to sneak around .”Tally

Utopian society
Utopian Society

Morgan O’Donnell

Awareness of utopian society


  • Believe that it is a good thing that everyone looks the same.

  • There is a false view of pretty.

  • “’Becoming pretty doesn’t just change the way you look,… ‘It changes the way you think.’”


  • Believe that it is normal for them to be restricted from thinking.

  • Believe that whatever the government says is true.

  • “War is peace.”

Awareness of utopian society.

Awareness of utopian society1
Awareness of utopian society.

Both Uglies and 1984:

  • Do not realize that this is not normal.

  • Believe that their governments are protecting their people, but really they are just protecting themselves.


    • “Freedom is slavery.” (1984)

    • “I’m happier in this body.” (Uglies)

False utopia


  • At age 16, everyone is turned pretty (in the eyes of the government).

  • Truth is hidden from the people of the society.

  • “Perhaps the logical conclusion of everyone looking the same was everyone thinking the same.”

  • “’Becoming pretty doesn’t just change the way you look,… ‘It changes the way you think.’”

False Utopia

False utopia1


  • The people’s of Oceania right of thought is taken away and the ideas of the government are forced upon people.

  • People are black mailed and therefore are so afraid of the government that they listen to them.

  • FEAR!

  • “2+2=5”  Clearly that is not true.

  • “In the end the Party would announce two plus two made five, and you would have to believe it.”

False Utopia

False utopia2
False Utopia


  • In both societies, their rights are suppressed.

  • Their governments hide the truth from their people.

  • Both societies tell their people they live in a perfect place, but the truth is, it is just the opposite.

  • “This whole game is designed to make us hate ourselves.” (Uglies)

  • “The whole literature of the past will have been destroyed.” (1984)


  • In 1984 and Uglies, their governments restrict them through:

    • Conformity

    • Manipulation

    • Surveillance

    • Utopian Society

  • George Orwell and Scott Westerfeld are two authors who created two different societies that were far from perfect.

Fun facts
Fun Facts

  • Scott Westerfeld got inspiration for and life situations in his books from having to walk through a hippo reservation

  • Inspired to write Uglies by Ted Chiang’s story, “Liking What You See: A Documentary,” about a technology that allows people to switch off their ability to see human beauty

  • Words used in his books come from Australian slang, like spagbol and littlies

Works cited
Works Cited

  • “About the Author” 1997-2011 25 October 2011

  • Orwell, George. 1984. New York: Penguin Group Inc. 1983. Print

  • Westerfeld, Scott. Uglies. New York: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division. 2011. Print