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by Carl Hiaasen

Pride Theme

In Chomp, pride is the attitude that lies behind Derek's foolishness. Not only does he treat people and animals as if they are things he can buy and use for his own personal gain, but he also acts as if he deserves to be treated like a king.

Questions About Pride

  1. How does pride affect Derek's life? How does Derek's pride affect Raven?
  2. What is the difference between being proud of yourself and having pride?
  3. Have you ever known someone with too much pride? How did they make you feel?

Chew on This

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

Chomp argues that too much pride can get a person into a lot of trouble.

If you think you know more than everyone else, and have too much pride, you will never learn anything and will end up making the same mistakes over and over.

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