There is simply no nice way to put it: Derek isn't just a fool, he's the biggest fool in Chomp. He tortures animals, killing and eating them for TV entertainment, and rather than becoming an expert at handling wild critters, he ignores all information taught to him and forgets the lessons he's learned. Ugh. His folly is what ultimately teaches him—through pain and delirium—how to survive on his own.
Questions About Foolishness and Folly
- How do Derek's choices affect his life?
- Is there a cure for foolishness? What advice would you give to Derek?
- Do any of the other characters in the book make foolish choices? Who? Why were their choices foolish?
Chew on This
Derek is an example of how foolishness invites negative things to happen.
Accoring to Chomp, being a fool can have its advantages.