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City of Bones

City of Bones


Cassandra Clare

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City of Bones Theme of Revenge

Revenge. It's not just a hit show on ABC. It's a strong feeling, an overwhelming desire to hurt someone who's hurt you, your friends, or your family. It's also the driving force between many of the characters in City of Bones. In the book, we see parents getting killed all over the place, and their kids want to avenge their deaths, whether it's by killing the person who committed the murder or wiping out an entire race. In other words, it's a big ol' mess, and we have revenge to thank.

Questions About Revenge

  1. Which characters in the book are motivated by revenge and why? How does that shape their actions?
  2. Does revenge in the book always take the form of wanting to kill someone (or something) else? Or does it take any other forms?
  3. Does the Clave condone revenge? Why or why not?

Chew on This

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

When you kill demons for a living, killing a person who wronged you doesn't seem all that different.

Luke has seen enough violence to realize that achieving your revenge goals doesn't necessarily make you feel any better.

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