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City of Bones

City of Bones

by Cassandra Clare

Jealousy Theme

Wait, where are you going? You can't be done reading this yet. We'll be really upset if you go read something else. True, we had no idea you even existed until just a few minutes ago, but now we can't stand the thought that something else might occupy your attention. Oh, sorry about that. We lost our head there, got a little caught up in all the jealousy-driven drama in City of Bones. You can't have a love triangle (or love trapezoid, or whatever weird shape is created by Jace, Clary, Alec, and Simon) without jealousy. It causes these otherwise levelheaded teens to make cruel, snarky remarks and drives them into reckless behavior. The most fearsome demon in City of Bones isn't Abbadon—it's the green-eyed monster.

Questions About Jealousy

  1. Why are most of the teen characters in the book jealous of someone else? Are they jealous for the same reasons?
  2. How does each character express his/her feelings of jealousy?
  3. What are the consequences of Jace's jealousy of Simon? Alec's jealousy of Clary?

Chew on This

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

Jealousy is just part of growing up, and that's what City of Bones is really about. Blame it on the hormones.

Clary didn't even find Simon attractive until he showed an interest in Isabelle, which shows that crushes are often motivated by jealousy, not real affection.

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