The novel “The Selection” by Kiera Cass has the power to change the way people think and feel in society.
“Books may not change our suffering, books may not protect us from evil, books may not tell us what is good or what is beautiful, and they will certainly not shield us from the common fate of the grave. But books grant us myriad possibilities: the possibility of change, the possibility of illumination.” ? Alberto Manguel.
This novel has the power of change through the protagonist, America Singer, through her personality, emotional state , and family change throughout the novel. The character America Singer goes under change through her personality and has the power to change the way people think. “I didn’t want to be royalty. And I didn’t want to be a One. I didn’t even want to try” (2). Every other girl in the country would kill to take part in the Selection, but America couldn’t care less at this point.
The only reason she didn’t want to take part was because she was in love with her secret boyfriend and couldn’t care to be royal. “I felt a sudden flutter of worry. But why? I stopped myself and rearranged my thoughts.
I didn’t want this” (90). Although America claims that she does not care about the Selection, her internal self tells a different story. Unfortunately for her, things are going to become more conflicted as the competition rolls on. (What happens and how does it relate to her personality?) “Suddenly those stares made sense. My intentions didn’t matter. They didn’t know I didn’t want this. In their eyes, I was a threat. And I could see they wanted me gone” (112).
Once America takes the lead in the Selection, the other girls start getting mean. That’s to be expected. The interesting part, however, is that America becomes the favourite even though she doesn’t care about the competition.The protagonist America singer goes under change through her emotional state and feeling towards certain people.
“I can’t make you like me. I can’t stand the thought of you hungry or cold or scared. “I can’t make you a Six” (40).
Aspen knows that America will have to sacrifice a lot if they actually get married, and it makes him sick with guilt. That’s the main reason why he encourages her to take part in the Selection: he could never live with himself if he held her back from such a life-changing opportunity. “I needed to hate him right now. That anger would keep me going. Staying as far away from him as I could for as long as possible was half my reason for being here” (64).After some of the drama calms down, America is convinced that she and Aspen are done for good. How convenient that this happens right as she’s about to take part in a royal reality show.
America begins to look at the Selection as a way to separate herself from Aspen. “I was excited to know that tonight, after dinner, Maxon would be stopping by my room” (77). America claims that she just wants to be friends with Maxon, but we’re not usually that excited to find out that our “friends” are visiting us. America’s feelings change drastically from only wanting to be with Aspen to wanting to be with Maxon. America’s feeling in general undergoes change throughout the novel. Her empathy for the people she loves the most drastically changes. “Aspen, I know you could do it.
But you’re not a superhero. You can’t expect to be able to provide everything for everyone you love” (42). One of the reasons America is so in love with Aspen is that he’s incredibly dedicated to his family. He’d do anything for his brothers and sisters, but given that he’s a Six (one of the lowest levels in Illéa’s awful caste system), even that might not be enough. “It was too much to bear, to be loved that much. I’d be surrounded by scores of guards at the palace, but I couldn’t imagine a place safer than my father’s arms”(46). This is the first time that America has been away from her family for an extended period of time.
That’s a big deal because the first time she goes away its to the place she would have least suspected . As if it weren’t enough that she’s on the most high stakes reality show of all time, she’s forced to do it all by herself. “I turned and caught the briefest of moments in Maxon’s life. His mother, the beautiful Queen Amberly, pushed some stray hairs back into place” (56). It’s always a bit shocking for America to see the royal family acting normal. She’s grown up watching them on TV, so this is the first time she’s been face to face with the fact that they’re real human beings.
That’s a lot harder to grasp than you might think, she didn’t want to be there and now she doesn’t want to leave. This novel “The Selection” by Kiera Cass has the power to change people’s feeling and thoughts in society. The protagonist America Singer is the character who undergoes change the most. Through her personality, emotional state , and empathy towards the people she loves the most. Throughout the novel she is able to change the way people feel and think.