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For someone who's faced down giant centipede monsters and demons filled with maggots, Clary's awfully critical of her own physical appearance. To make matters worse, she is surrounded by so much man-candy we're shocked her eyeballs don't get diabetes. It seems that drinking from Raziel's Cup must not only make you a Shadowhunter; it also makes you smoking hot. It's not just the guys, either. The woman are lookers too, from Clary's mom (yeah, we said it) to Isabelle, and every Downworlder faerie in-between, Clary's got a lot to compare herself to in City of Bones.

Questions About Appearances

  1. What physical attributes does Clary value, and why?
  2. Would you consider Clary to be shallow? Why or why not?
  3. Why does Madame Dorothea value a different body type than Clary does? Does that tell us anything?

Chew on This

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

If demons weren't so gosh-darn ugly, they wouldn't have to be exterminated.

Clary hangs out in clubs where people put a lot of effort into standing out physically. That makes her more apt to judge people based on physical appearance.

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