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In the novel A Cage of Butterflies by Brian Caswell he explores many themes the most important being the theme of being different I believe that Brian Caswell is very passionate about this topic and that he wants to explore what being different and an individual really means This topic is very relevant in todays society Being drastically different is a burden because you will never be or feel accepted Many of the kids at the Think-Tank had felt this way before they came to the institute when they were in the outside world and at school On page 10 Greg says It doesnt take long to discover what being different meansso they learned early to blend itlike Chrished fake enough mistakes to keep him near the middle of the classbut they got him in the endyou just couldnt live your whole life under a lie like that From this quote we can see that the kids before coming to the Think-Tank tried to fit in by pretending to be something that they werent just to be accepted Greg also says I guess thats why most of us dont mind it here its a place where we dont have to pretend to be anything but what we are The kids feel comfortable and safe in the Think-Tank because they feel that they dont have to pretend to be something theyre not they dont have to live a lie Because the kids and the babies are different when they were in the outside world they were labeled as outcasts They felt like Tall Poppies Poppies are usually all the same shape and size so a tall poppy would be one that stands out from the rest and is different Tall poppies look abnormal so people cut them down to size Tall poppy syndrome is when someone is outstanding and people often by criticizing ridiculing and isolating cut them down to size This would have
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