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A lack of decisiveness resulting from a failure to make a choice between alternatives.
WHY WOULD AN AUTHOR USE AMBIGUITY IN THEIR WRITING?
-An author might use ambiguity in their writing to show different perspectives, make the situation more intense because no decision has come forth, or to manipulate the characters way of thinking.
4 WAYS AMBIGUITY HAS BEEN UTILIZED:
- In "Go Ask Alice" the main character had difficulty committing to one choice between the drug free lifestyle, or staying clean. She was very ambiguous on every move she made in her steps to recovery, because she was always around drugs, so being exposed to the lifestyle always made her a bit uncertain.
- "The Fault in our Stars" has a big case of ambiguity when Augustus tells Hazel he has a stomach infection, and he needs to be picked up. However, he tells Hazel to not call 911, or his parents, but to just take him home. All the way to the gas station, she has to make the decision to follow through with what Augustus wants, or what she believes the right thing to do it, what he needs.
- In the novel "Insurgent" Tris has difficulty deciding which faction she should join at the choosing ceremony. She has a lot of pressure to join 3 different factions, and they are all very different, so it is difficult for her to discern which faction would best fit her.
- "Ender's Game" has a case of ambiguty when Ender is in a spaceship, and he does not know why. He has many choices, he can either drop out of the spaceship, or stay and have the will to continue. He is challenged greatly with perseverance, and faced with emotional difficulty when he starts missing his family. All in all, he needs to decide on whether or not to keep going, or let everyone down.