Age of Miracles : More Depressing than a Miracle(Ch 17-25)

Alot has happened in these three chapters. To start, suicide cults are a thing, and gives quite the impact to Julia and her Mother while they are driving home. We are also notified of "Gravity Sickness" , but the kicker is that it only affects certain people. Now, much to the dismay of Julia, her friend Gabby has decided to leave her, by first shaving her head bald, and running away from home, although she is soon brought back and eventually sent off to a boarding school. Julia's parents continu

One of the major themes that can be found throughout chapter 17-25 is being "left out of time" or that Julia can't keep up with the changes in her life. Throughout the book, Julia realizes that she can't understand the so-called "secret exchanges" that occur between boys and girls. She stands and watches as her friends leave one by one such as when Gabby not only ran away from home, but when she came back she eventually got sent off to a boarding school. Because of this, Julia even states that " She was the last friend I had left, and just like that, she was gone." She also struggles to understand her ever more complicated family situation between her mother and father. It begins to add up, and although it isn't directly stated, she consistently drops hints that she is unable to keep up, that she is constantly being pushed out of the loop every time she tries to enter.

What forces motivate the characters' actions and decisions in the novel?

A primary force that drives Julia's actions is her desire to fit in. She wants to be with a group, to feel wanted, but every time she sees what looks to be an opportunity, it falls short and ends with either her not wanting to be there, or it never continues. For instance, Julia finally got Seth to talk to her, yet at school he acts as if she isn't there, but outside of school, he doesn't mind at all being with her. What's the point of being with some one if you ignore them for a large portion of the day? Another force could be the growing tensions in her family but in this section, she mainly abstains from any actions regarding the situation, because it is the situation.

In the novel, how do the changing social and economic conditions affect the characters' decisions?

Social conditions are probably one of the most critical changing points within Julia's life, as her friends leave one by one. Her father begins to see someone else even though he is married. And Julia continues to be an outcast both in and out of school. All of these heavily affect Julia's decisions, as without her friends leaving, she never would have had to betray Gabby, she never would have begun to skip soccer. Regarding her father, had he never begun seeing some one else, she wouldn't feel such animosity when she encounters Sylvia, nor would she feel as if she's betraying her mother. As for her being an outcast in and out of school, she then tries as much as she can to fit in, even going so far as to fake being happy at a party just so that she could fit in, but even that didn't work as she couldn't continue. However, I do not see any economic conditions that currently affect Julia at this time.

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