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What are the ramifications of the plague in the novel Cinder? Be sure to discuss social, political, and economic ramifications as well as personal ramifications for characters. On Lunar, the Queen has instituted a policy where all those she cannot brainwash must be killed. What connections can you make about Levana's policies and our current society?

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In Cinder, Levana uses the plague as both a political, social, and economic tool in order to decrease the population and, in turn, decrease the likelihood she will be overthrown. Levana’s ability to release an antidote is also a political and social tool which she anticipates will help codify and solidify her power as the world will feel as though she is a savior.

The reader also witnesses the political and social sacrifice of Prince Kai. He knows that marrying Levana is a death sentence for him, but it will help the rest of the world.

On a more personal level, the plague removes those that Cinder loves. Cinder is sold into the plague research initiative to have tests run on her. This socially deepens the divide between the humans and the cyborgs. It’s important to note that Cinder’s family economically benefits because they receive money from selling Cinder into the research initiative.

In order to connect the narrative to today’s social, political, and economic climate, it’s...

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