Breaking Down Society. Gillian Tremonti , Sabrina Woo, and Maegan Cedro. S etting. Matched ,by Ally Condie, is set in the future. People live in different Boroughs, which are in different provinces. Cassia lives in the MapleTree Borough in the Oria Province. The setting changes
Gillian Tremonti, Sabrina Woo, and MaeganCedro
Matched,by Ally Condie, is set in the future.
People live in different Boroughs, which are
in different provinces. Cassia lives in the MapleTree
Borough in the Oria Province. The setting changes
throughout the story. For example, the setting changes
between Secondary School, Cassia’s house, the movie
theater, the Game Room, City Hall, themuseum, the Hill,
the Aboretum, andthe Farmlands.
Cassia is a 17-year old girl with dark hair and green
eyes. Cassia is a major character. Actually, she’s the main
character. She’s the girl who is stuck in the middle of a love
triangle where she can’t decide her own fate. Some of her
characteristics include being trustworthy, loving to the ones she truly
cares about, she’s intelligent, very athletic, she loves nature, and she’s
also unselfish. We consider her a dynamic character because at the
beginning of the book, she feels like she was destined to be with Xander,
her Match, but then has a change of heart when she finds out more
information about Ky, making her fall in love with him. Another example
of Cassia being a dynamic character is at the beginning of the book,
Cassia follows all the Society’s rules. As time goes on, she starts to get
curious about how the Society works, and why other people get to
choose who she’s going to love, and breaks some of the rules to find
out more about why this is. She is a protagonist when you think about
OUR society, she just believes in her own rights. If you’re looking in HER
Society’s eyes, she’s the antagonist. She doesn’t believe in the rules of
the Society because she doesn’t get to make her own decisions and
choices, making her break some of the Society’s rules to get what
This is what we thought Cassia would look like. She has green eyes and brown, wavy hair.
Ky Markham is a mysterious, observant 17 year-old. He’s
considered what is called an Aberration- meaning he can’t
be matched because of a “felony” his parents committed.
Though, he can’t be matched, he said his ideal match
would be Cassia. He’s a very observant, young man. He’s
also very quiet and shy unless he knows you and you’re his
friend. Ky is one of the very few people who can write, and
can hide their talent well from the Officials. He also
purposefully loses the games in the Game Room, even
though he KNOWS how to win on the spot. Like Cassia, Ky
is an antagonist to Society because of him being an
Aberration. Though he’s an Aberration, he really has a good
heart. All he wants to do is love Cassia with no
restrictions from the Society. Ky really did nothing wrong.
He’s being punished for something his parents did who
apparently did something against the rules.
This is what we thought Ky would look like. He has dark, short hair and his eye color “changes” according to the shading of the light.
Xander is outgoing, brave, and sometimes can be a rule
breaker. Xander is one those guys who will do anything to
protect his loved ones. He was matched with Cassia, his best
friend since they were little. They’re technically “perfect” for
each other. He’s a very loving person and loves Cassia with
all his heart. He LOVES to go the Game Room and play
games in his free time. He’s one of those laid back guys who
just enjoys living life in the moment. Xander is considered a
static character. We believe this because his feelings don’t
change throughout the book. He still loves Cassia with all his
heart and is his same caring, unselfish self. Xander, like
Cassia, is a protagonist to OUR society, but an antagonist to
HIS society. This is because he has good intentions but they
go against the Society’s rules. An example of this was when
he gave Em one of his green pills (anxiety relief) even though
Em already took one that week, meaning she couldn’t take
This is what we thought Xander would look like. He has short, blond hair and intriguing blue eyes.
Bram Reyes is the little brother of Cassia
Reyes. He’s in Primary School and he’s 9
years old- almost 10. He’s one of those little
rascals who doesn’t obey rules and doesn’t
like to listen to his sister. He would never
admit this, but Cassia is one of his role
models and best friends that he can
look to for guidance. He’s a static character.
We think this because he doesn’t really change
emotionally, mentally, or physically throughout
the book. He’s also a protagonist. This is because
he always is with Cassia on decisions, and Cassia is
a protagonist in this story because she is against the
Society’s unfair rules about the people not being
able to make decisions of their owns. Bram is a
minor character. He is just the little boy of the
Reyes’ family and nothing more.
This is what we thought Bram would look like because he has dark brown hair like Cassia, and a slim frame.
Em is Cassia’s best girl friend. She borrowed
Cassia’s artifact for her Match Banquet to be less
nervous and plus, it matched her dress (Dress #14.)
She’s matched with Dalen from Acadia Provice,
who looks very similar to Xander. She’s always very
anxious. You could say she’s an antagonist
because she had Cassia’s artifact at her Match
Banquet when she wasn’t supposed to have it,
causing the Officials to go house to house, taking
everybody’s artifacts and not let them get it back.
You can’t say it was just her fault though because
Cassia let her borrow it with no concerns, making it
both Cassia’s AND Em’s wrong doing. Em is a
dynamic character. Her feelings and personality
never changed throughout the book. She’s also a
minor character. She is really just Xander’s and
Cassia’s best friend who likes to be around them.
We thought Em would look like this because she has dark hair and cream-colored skin.
In the rising action:
they’ve been best friends and attached at the hip since they were little kids.
Cassia and Xander have been best friends since they were little.
They went to Primary School together and have always had a
great relationship with each other. They’re basically soulmates.
Ky has a new work position and the Officials had to
take him to a new province that is outside the Oria
Province, where they are currently living. Cassia and
Mrs. Markham become hysterical because they don’t
want to see Ky go. The Officials didn’t give much
punishment to the Markhams or Cassia. Though they
didn’t do much, the Officials made everyone living on
the Mapletree Borough take their red pills to forget
everything that happened in the previous hours.
Cassia doesn’t want to forget that night so she throws
the red pill on the ground and crushes it with her foot.
In the falling action, Cassia and her family get relocated to the
Farmlands in a different Province because Society feels like Cassia’s
mom knows too much information about bringing in foreign things from
Farmlands then she should.
Cassia goes to the Museum in the City like Ky told her to, so she
could sell their forbidden story for information about the chaos that
happened in the Outer Provinces.
The Official from the Matching Banquet thattold Cassia that Ky was
a mistake on her microcard, told her that the entire thing with seeing Ky
on her port was all an experiment that they do to some people who are
being Matched to see how they would react to seeing a new face.
Xander realizes that Ky and Cassia really do love each other and is
willing to help the one he loves, to the one that she loves to make her
Cassia’s father confronted Cassia about knowing how she loved Ky
all along and wishes that they all had a choice in life.
Ky wrote a story for Cassia on napkins that expressed his love for her
and how he did/always will feel about her.
Cassia’s family is relocated to the Farmlands where she is forced to plant seeds and grow crops. Though Xander is her Match, he is not allowed to go with her, nor is she allowed to stay with him back in the Maple Tree Borough.
Cassia has this conflict because she has a hard time choosing between her
Match, Xander, and the one who’s her true love. This conflicts between her
thoughts, beliefs, and rules that restrict her.
Ky has a conflict with the Society because he’s an Aberration. This means he
can’t be Matched and his parents committed an Infraction. He’s considered
a bad person in the Society who doesn’t get as much freedom or leniency
as other people living within Society, even though he really didn’t do anything
Cassia has a conflict with her fate because she’s not allowed to choose her
fate. Everyone in the Society is forced to be with whoever they’re Matched
with, no matter if you truly love them or not. Also, they don’t have a
necessarily “peaceful” death. They’re forced into a place where all elderly
people live and they have a Final Banquet on their 80th birthday, meaning that
they will die when they turn 80 years old.
You can’t choose who you want
to be with. Destiny and fate
choose for you and you should
be happy with whoever that
“I know which life is my real one
now, no matter what happens.
It’s the one with you…” –Ky
There really is no REAL resolution of
what happens to Ky or Cassia.
Though we never found out what
happened, we know that Cassia has
chosen who she truly loves and wants
to spend her life with, which is Ky.
Cassia still loves Xander, but in a more
of a best friend kind of way.