?Theme #1? * Seperation There is a considerable amount of seperation that applies to and happens between characters in the book. The most crucial to the plot would be that of Cassia and Ky, both of whom have a main objective of finding the other. This is illustrated in great detail through their alternating narration. throughout the first half of the book. There are, however, additional seperations on every significant character’ part. Hunter has been seperated both from his dead daughter and their larger community of farmers who have either joined the Rising or moved on across the plain. Eli has been seperated from the recruitment village by Vick and Ky, as well as from his decreased parents. Vick and Laney have been seperated and, following Vick’s death, will remain so forever. Finally, all of these characters have been estranged from and escaped the society, a broader seperation in its own way. 1.) ” I fell in love with her when we were together, then I fell deeper in love with her in the years we were apart.” – Nicholas Sparks2.) ” There is love in holding and there is love in letting go.” – Elizabeth Berg3.) ” If you truly want to be respected by people you love, you must prove to them that you can survive without them.” – Michael Bassey** These three quotes connect to the them “separation” because they show how happiness and love can last longer in separation. They show that nothing is lost in separation and you can still hold on. Even after you have been separated from someone/something you can still have hope. Theme #2 * ChoiceThe theme of choice has been prominent since the beginning of the Matched series, but it becomes even mopre so in Crossed. The conflict of Cassia choosing between her love for Xander and Ky remains at the forefront of her internal tensions, but additional choices join it, chiefly, whether or not to find the Rising, as Ky demonstrates a strong dislike for the Rising and establishes that he cannot accompany Cassia there, he leaves her in the position of choosing it versus him. This is never more clear than when when they secure a boat that can safely take only two of the eventual five group members down the stream to the Rising, forcing her to choose who it should be. Finally, in Chapter 37, Ky acknowledges the similarity between him and Indie in realizing that each chose something to help them survive: for Indie, it was the Rising, and for Ky, it was Cassia.1.) “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” – Wayne Dyer.2.) ” I can control my destiny, but not my fate. Destiny means there are opportunities to turn right or left, but fate is a one-way street. I believe we all have the choice as to whether we fulfill our destiny, but our fate is sealed.” – Paulo Coelho3.) “Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. There’s going to be stress in life, but it’s your choice whether you let it affect you or not.” – Valerie Bertinelli** These three quotes connect to the them “choice” because they all speak of making a choice of your own. Everything is your decision. Your choices determine your future and your future determines your happiness. Its your choice you can live in sorrow or live in happiness. Theme #3* PoetryCondie employs poetry as a means of interpersonal connection, event description, and charcater development throughout Crossed and the Matched trilogy at large. Cassia and Ky are influenced by Lord Alfred Tennyson’s “Crossing the Bar,” which tells of the Pilot leading the rebellion. Ky says its words over the dead, while Cassia uses it as a motivation to find him. She and he additionally consider Dylan Thomas’ “Do Not Go Gentle” to be “their” poem, speaking its words to one another when parting near the book’s end. Cassia also finds herself attempting to write poetry for Ky at multiple points in the story, though she finds more success writing poetry about him. For her, poetry is a means of powerful creation, so important to her after escaping the originality-punishing Society. Finally, Condie drives home the poetry theme by writing an actual poem to describe the night that Cassia and Ky spend together in Chapter 27, when they focus entirely on one another rather than their predicament, taking time to kiss and hold and appreciate one another. This establishes poetry as the ultimate instrument in expressing their love.1.) “The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.” – Jean Cocteau 2.) “Poetry comes from the highest happiness or the deepest sorrow.” – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam3.) Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” – Robert Frost ** These three quotes connect to the theme “Poetry” because they show all different motions of all different authors or characters within a book. This connects to the book because Allie Condie puts emotion in the characters and it either shows the truth or it lies about them. They also show that everyone has a way of putting words and describing something which comes from sorrow or happiness within a soul.