In the book Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry, how does Kira's attitude toward the people in the fen change? Why?

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In the novel Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry, Kira's attitude towards the people in the fen changes when Matt becomes her friend.  Matt, even though he is dirty, abused and neglected, is free to move about the village staying out of sight.  He helps Kira understand that even though she is privileged because she has special talents as a weaver, she is a prisoner.  When Kira sees the chains on the Singer's feet, she truly understands that she is not free.  Matt is free, has been all over the village and beyond into the forbidden spaces, and tells Kira that there is a village in the forbidden space.  She meets her father whom she thought dead.  Kira now understands that the people of the fen may be dirty and looked down upon, but they are much more free than she is.  For her, Matt is the symbol of the freedom of the fen.  Even though Kira decides to stay in her own village, she doesn't forget that freedom exists, for she only has to look at the fen.

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