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The City of Ember

The central theme in Jeanne DuPrau's The City of Ember concerns the need to act against oppression. Ember was established as a city of refuge to preserve the human species in the event of an atomic...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2016 12:29 am UTC

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The City of Ember, written by Jeanne DuPrau, illustrates a dystopian society. This is done by DuPrau's use of setting, situations, and character mentality. The setting takes place underground. The...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2018 2:47 pm UTC

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In approaching this question, it's important to understand what kind of person Doon is. He's a very serious, studious young man, with a real taste for knowledge. As such, he's none too popular with...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2018 9:39 am UTC

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Mayor Cole is a very corrupt character in The City of Ember. His abuse of power and self-serving nature are the epitome of corruption in politics. Part of the reason he is able to exert power...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2015 12:33 am UTC

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The Pipeworks are about fifty feet underground, with "tons of earth and rock and buildings" up above. As he descends into the area withhis supervisor Arlin on his first day of work, Doon Harrow...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2009 1:00 am UTC

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The seven-minute power outage is significant enough that it causes the community to come together and discuss what to do going forward about the increasing lack of power. However, the lack of...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2018 6:53 pm UTC

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Doon changes more than any other character in The City of Ember. At the beginning of the story, he is committed to saving Ember; he is quiet, moody, and more inclined toward mechanics than people....

Latest answer posted February 27, 2019 5:46 pm UTC

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Unlike many of their coresidents in Ember, Lina and Doon are curious and willing to attempt to investigate reasons and possible solutions for the increasingly frequent and long losses of...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2012 12:44 am UTC

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Light is a form of energy that takes the shape of magnetic or electrical waves, and these waves are reflected off of or emitted from matter (Dictionary.com's 21st Century Lexicon). According to Sir...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2016 8:54 am UTC

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In Jeanne DuPrau's The City of Ember, Doon Harrow is best friends with our protagonist, Lina Mayfleet. After Lina comes across the instructions to escape the city, she shares her finding with Doon,...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2018 6:27 pm UTC

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In Chapter 2 of Jeanne DuPrau's The City of Ember, Lina is charged to deliver a message to the mayor in person. While waiting in the reception room to the mayor's offices in the Gathering Hall,...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2016 6:04 am UTC

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One symbol found in Jeanne DuPrau's The City of Ember is the green worm Doon finds that morphs into a moth. Early in Chapter 3, the narrator informs the reader that Doon loves collecting and...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2016 5:22 am UTC

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Author Jeanne DuPrau primarily uses the third-person point of view throughout The City of Ember. However, her story also has two protagonists, Lina and Doon. A protagonist is a main character who...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2016 4:48 am UTC

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Sadge Merrall is a clerk in the Supply Depot. He's made the brave decision—or foolish, depending on how you look at it—to venture forth into the Unknown Regions, the vast area of darkness...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2018 10:30 am UTC

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The city of Ember was created to protect survivors from the aftermath of wars and plagues. The cause of the war isn't revealed in the first book. A major plot point of The City of Ember is that the...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2019 10:51 pm UTC

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Lina has been a messenger for several weeks when she notices that Granny is acting strangely. She is stripping the cushions from the couch, searching for something which "is lost", but she doesn't...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2009 7:08 am UTC

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In chapter 7 of Jeanne DuPrau's The City of Ember, after Lina salvages what is left of the important-looking piece of paper her baby sister Poppy has chewed up, Lina shows a couple of different...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2016 3:51 am UTC

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In Jeanne DuPrau's The City of Ember, people have varying responses to the power outages that, in the opening chapter, Doon argues with the mayor are getting worse. Most people are completely...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2016 7:17 am UTC

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Doon, the protagonist of The City of Ember, learns that his world is far different than he had believed it to be and must develop a new approach to living. Within that overall challenge, he must...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2019 11:12 pm UTC

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In The City Of Ember, Lina has discovered an important document. However, her little sister, Poppy, has chewed up quite a bit of the document and left holes in it, leaving Lina struggling to...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2015 6:39 pm UTC

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In Jeanne DuPrau's The City of Ember, Lina finding what's left of the piece of paper and deciphering some of its meaning advances the plot by leading towards the climax of the story. Likewise, Doon...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2016 8:13 am UTC

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In Jeanne DuPrau's The City of Ember, two of the most frequent strategies people use to cope with shortages and blackouts are worrying and passively hoping for better. In chapter 6, the morning...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2016 10:05 am UTC

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The government in Jeanne DuPrau's The City of Ember can best be described as a dictatorship. Though the city is run by a mayor, the mayor does not seem to be an elected official since elections are...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2016 2:01 am UTC

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The City of Ember is one of those science-fiction books that are constructed around the doomsday protection motif. Fearing an apocalyptic event, the Builders of Ember construct a mini-world...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2014 1:12 am UTC

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As you likely already know, The City of Ember takes place in the year 241 in the underground city of Ember. The city was created by "builders." It's something like a safe space. The people have to...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2020 3:20 pm UTC

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The city in which Lina lives and works, Ember, is the only place left in the world that has electricity, which means it is the only place that has light. In the aftermath of the huge war and the...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2012 1:47 am UTC

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In Chapters 15-17, Lina adds risk to her escape from Ember by bringing her baby sister Poppy. When Lina and Doon discover the underground cave providing the means of escape from Ember, one of...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2009 6:33 am UTC

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The city of Ember is more than 200 years old. It was built when the people realized they needed to find a way to preserve the human race in the event of an apocalyptic catastrophe. They decided to...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2019 6:56 am UTC

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In chapter 14 of Jeanne DuPrau's The City of Ember, using what words they have in the instructions as clues, Doon and Lina follow the river in the Pipeworks to the hole in the Pipeworks wall the...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2016 6:21 am UTC

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In the novel The City of Ember, Assignment Day is the day kids graduate from their schooling. At the end of their education, they are assigned a job, which they must report to regardless of their...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2019 5:06 pm UTC

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In The City of Ember, Clary Laine is an old friend of Lina Mayfleet's father. They worked together in the greenhouses and Clary continued to be a part of Lina's life long after her parents passed...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2018 1:59 pm UTC

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The central conflict in Jeanne DuPrau's The City of Ember can be identified as a character vs. environment conflict.In the story, the city of Ember was designed by scientists and builders as an...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2016 10:22 am UTC

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Because of their city's subterranean location, the people of Ember are pretty limited in what kind of food they can produce. They can't raise animals for their meat as they don't have enough of a...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2019 6:10 am UTC

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In Chapter 20, Lina and Doon see the city of Ember as they look over the cliff into the cave. Both children have to walk carefully through a tunnel to get to the edge of the cliff. The journey...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2018 1:46 pm UTC

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In Chapter 7, Lina is anxious to decipher the contents of the ancient document. She thinks that the parchment contains writing that originated from the Builders of Ember. However, Lina needs help...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2016 7:22 pm UTC

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After Granny dies, Lina and Poppy move in with Mrs. Evaleen Murdo, their neighbor. Lina has long had a great affection for Mrs. Murdo, so the transition is not a difficult one. Mrs. Murdo is the...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2017 5:21 pm UTC

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Jeanne DuPrau's The City of Ember is the first book in a series of young adult science fiction novels telling the story of a group of people who live in a designed city underground. The builders of...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2018 1:35 pm UTC

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Light and color are important both literally and figuratively. Ember calls itself "the only light in the dark world," but its inhabitants are living in the figurative dark of ignorance and apathy....

Latest answer posted October 16, 2019 12:27 am UTC

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The story doesn't specifically say what Doon's favorite bug is. However, a close reading of the text does tell us that Doon has "always been fascinated by bugs." If we were to speculate, Doon's...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2018 1:51 pm UTC

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Lina and Doon aren’t sure whether the woman left behind her journal on purpose or whether someone in a position of authority made her leave it behind. On balance, one would have to say that the...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2020 8:11 am UTC

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Once upon a time, Lina's father used to work in the greenhouse. Lina has happy memories of those days, when she used to see him pottering about with plants and vegetables and working with the...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2020 6:19 am UTC

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Jeanne DuPrau's novel The City of Ember tells the story of Lina Mayfleet, her little sister, Poppy, and her best friend, Doon Harrow. The three live underground in the titular City of Ember. At the...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2020 6:00 pm UTC

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Lina doesn't think the box contains something important at first. When she finds it, she does think that it might have been a container for something valuable. It's heavy, beautifully made, and has...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2019 7:17 pm UTC

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In the City of Ember, children receive jobs at age twelve. They graduate from school, and on Assignment Day they receive the jobs randomly by pulling job titles out of bags. They have to keep the...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2019 5:48 pm UTC

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In chapter 11 of Jeanne DuPrau's The City of Ember, when Lizzie offers to have Looper find Lina some treasures in the store room, at first Lina eagerly wants such treasures but then rejects the...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2016 11:37 pm UTC

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We learn quite a bit about the physical descriptions of many of the characters throughout Jeanne DuPrau's The City of Ember. We learn many character descriptions in the opening chapter and others...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2016 5:47 am UTC

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The titular city of Ember is a vast underground city meant to serve as a last resort to ensure the survival of humanity in the event of a catastrophic or even apocalyptic event. The city, however,...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2019 8:53 pm UTC

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The City of Ember has just experienced the worst blackout in living memory. The entire power system was out for a full seven minutes, leaving everyone in the dark, both literally and...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2019 11:29 am UTC

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Working as a pipework laborer has convinced Doon that the City of Ember is in much worse shape than he thought. This is due to the fact that the malfunctioning water system keeps breaking down. But...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2019 9:41 am UTC

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In chapter 6, the latest power failure is said to have lasted seven minutes. This is twice as long as the previous ones. No one talks about the recent blackout, however. In the past, power failures...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2018 10:36 pm UTC

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