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Uglies Character Analysis

Filed under: Humanities — carrie01pd2015 at 12:11 am on Sunday, December 14, 2008

Write a character analysis, including a description of the character’s traits (at least 3) and supporting evidence for each. (Consider what the character says and does.) 

I’m currently reading Uglies, by Scott Westerfield.  The main character is called Tally Youngblood.  I’m about halfway and so far, but nothing really has interested me.  I’m pretty bored, but I’m determined to finish it because everyone says it’s a great book.  But that’s what everyone said about Twilight, and I fell asleep towards the end of that one too.  :(



She has lived in a city all her life.  She has never thought that there are people outside of her city.  If there were, she imagines them to be wild, barbaric freaks.

“But how do people live out there, Shay?  Like the Rusties?  Burning trees for heat and burying their junk everywhere?  It’s wrong to live in nature, unless you want to live like an animal.” (pg. 92, Tally talks to her friend, Shay, who wants to run away)

She doesn’t think there are other ways of living.  Her city is entirely made out of steel with a wall that can give out clothes, food (only sodium-based products when it comes to meat), and other essentials like soap and clean water.  When Tally went to the Smoke, another city, she was shocked by the different lives they have from her.

“The long tables had clearly been cut from the hearts of trees.  They showed knots and whorls, and wavy tracks of grain ran down their entire length.  They were rough and beautiful, but Tally couldn’t get over the thought that the trees had been taken alive.” (pg. 203, Tally is eating lunch)


In her city, when someone turns sixteen, they have a surgery to turn them into a Pretty.  That means they change into a gorgeous, skinny, perfect person where their only job is to act stupid and have fun.  In their world, anyone normal is an Ugly. 

“‘In the old days it was all random-some people kind of pretty, most ugly all their lives.  Now everyone’s ugly…until they’re pretty.  No losers.’” (pg. 83, Tally is talking to Shay about being an Ugly)


When Shay runs away, these people from the Special Circumstances department tell Tally that she either tells them where she went to or she can never be pretty.  Even though Shay told Tally to never tell where them where Shay went (Tally was the only one she told) because it could ruin everyone’s life who lived in the Smoke, Tally chooses to chase after her and then contact Special Circumstances when they find out where she is.

“‘That’s you, Tally.  Forever.’

‘Turn it off…’


‘Okay, I’ll do it.  Turn it off’

The wallscreen went dark.” (pg. 135, Dr. Cable from Special Circumstances shows Tally her reflection to help make her choice about chasing Shay.

As you can probably tell, I do not like Tally Youngblood that much.  If I’m still reading this book by next week (which I probably will be, considering how tedious this book is), I will do a recommendation, or rather why I would not recommend this book.  :D






December 14, 2008 @ 3:49 am

I think you’ve understood the character very well..
Very Interesting~
And I like how you put some examples on the helped me to understand the character better
great job!!



April 27, 2010 @ 6:52 am

I’m in 6 grade and my teacher is reading it to us. Here’s what I thought helped me understand it: When I read it by myself, in my head, I don’t really get it but, when my teacher reads it aloud it helps me understand. So if it’s boring you should try having someone read it aloud to you.


   ffxiv gil

July 12, 2010 @ 10:03 pm

Such a usefule blog wow !!!!


April 25, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

I actually like the series and Tally. One reason is because she has these flaws, it shows even though she may be gorgeous on the outside, she is still human on the inside. I like her character. And also the fact that she is NOT a Mary-Sue (if you don’t know what that is, look it up).


April 16, 2012 @ 1:07 pm


I think one of your advertisements triggered my browser to resize, you might want to put that on your blacklist….

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