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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Host: DQ #3

Use Chapters 6-15 to answer the following questions!

Wanderer viewed the mass suicide of the Sea Weeds as a tragedy and Melanie viewed it as admirable. What does this say about each of their characters?

We are never given the Seeker's name. Why do you think Meyer chooses to leave this character unnamed? Do you think it is effective?

Melanie says, "No one’s young anymore. Anyone who’s survived this long is ancient.” Why does she claim this?

Melanie shows Wanderer memories of Jared to distract her. Does it seem like Wanderer is developing her own feelings for Jared or are these emotions she is feeling towards him all from Melanie?

What would you bring as your last sort of food for a trip into the desert? (ie. Wanderer wanted doughnuts and chips)

While struggling through the desert, Wanderer allows Melanie to take over more and more. Why do you think she does this?

Wanderer doesn't refer to her body, thoughts, or memories as hers or mine any longer. She uses we and ours. What does this say about Wanderer's relationship with Melanie as the story progresses?

Why do you think Uncle Jeb tells Wanderer that Jared and Jamie never made it to the caves?

What do you think of Jared hitting Melanie/Wanderer?

Melanie realizes that Wanderer has true feelings for Jared. Feelings that were not fostered by Melanie. This upsets both of them. Do you think Melanie needs to be jealous over an alien that looks like a silver worm in it's human form?

Thoughts on the book up to now...

1 comment:

missypa2040 said...

1. Wanderer viewed the mass suicide of the Sea Weeds as a tragedy and Melanie viewed it as admirable. What does this say about each of their characters?

It shows that Wanderer doesn't want to end life for no reason. It shows Melanie believes that the souls take away your life and it's better to die then to become a host.

2. We are never given the Seeker's name. Why do you think Meyer chooses to leave this character unnamed? Do you think it is effective?

I think may be because this seeker is completely obsessed with her job. It is her entire life so it makes sense that that's her name. It gives her that inhuman edge, which I guess is effective.

3. Melanie says, "No one’s young anymore. Anyone who’s survived this long is ancient.” Why does she claim this?

She claims that because what the people with whom are still alive have gone through so much tragedy that it truly makes you grow up.

4. Melanie shows Wanderer memories of Jared to distract her. Does it seem like Wanderer is developing her own feelings for Jared or are these emotions she is feeling towards him all from Melanie?

I think that Melanie has been showing her what love is and in turn she is falling in love with Jared. However I think that it's all from Melanie, but if she were to get a new host she would still love Jared. If that makes sense.

5. What would you bring as your last sort of food for a trip into the desert? (ie. Wanderer wanted doughnuts and chips)

For practical reasons I would bring food that is filling and has protein. But I would want to bring taco's lol. Very not practical but you want what you want.

6. While struggling through the desert, Wanderer allows Melanie to take over more and more. Why do you think she does this?

I think she does this because she knows that Melanie is stronger than her physically. She has more will power than Wanderer. And she has experienced pain before.

7. Wanderer doesn't refer to her body, thoughts, or memories as hers or mine any longer. She uses we and ours. What does this say about Wanderer's relationship with Melanie as the story progresses?

It shows that they are becoming one. I think that Melanie's thoughts are truly becoming her own. I think she is also starting to feel bad about what the souls have done to the humans.

8. Why do you think Uncle Jeb tells Wanderer that Jared and Jamie never made it to the caves?

I think to see the reaction that comes from her.

9. What do you think of Jared hitting Melanie/Wanderer?

I understand it, he did it because he loved Melanie and doesn't believe she is there anymore, but his staring at her "killer"

10. Melanie realizes that Wanderer has true feelings for Jared. Feelings that were not fostered by Melanie. This upsets both of them. Do you think Melanie needs to be jealous over an alien that looks like a silver worm in it's human form?

I don't think she really needs to be jealous but she probably would worry that if Jared ever realizes that Melanie is still there and they are together that it wouldn't be Jared and Melanie, but Jared and the Wanderer.

*So far this book is still kind of slow, it's starting to pick now. I guess we'll see. It's not as good as I thought it would be.
Melissa