Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Themes

Awe and amazement goes with magic like peanut butter goes with jelly. Sure they can exist on their own, but they taste so much better together. Every time a supernatural or magical event occurs in The Alchemyst, it is greeted with dropped jaws, gasps, and bugged eyes. See, our human characters aren't used to talking ghosts, traveling by way of mirror, or minty-smelling auras. And as we encounter each fantastical event or creature, it becomes clearer and clearer that the awe and amazement Sophie and Josh feel goes hand in hand with the fact that they know their lives have changed forever.

Questions About Awe and Amazement

  1. What's the most awesome thing in the novel? When do Sophie and Josh experience the biggest sense of awe?
  2. Why do you think Dr. John Dee—a human character who hates mankind—is in awe of the man-made city of Paris? Does this information affect the way you feel about his character?
  3. How is awe and amazement experienced differently by human and nonhuman characters in the novel?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

Sophie and Josh aren't in awe of all the strange and magical things they're seeing; they're actually in awe because their lives have changed so quickly, and so permanently.

Awe is what keeps Sophie and Josh going with Flamel and Scatty. If they weren't so fascinating by what's going on (and dying to see more), they would have run for the hills the moment Dee showed up in the bookshop.

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