We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
GO TO SAT PREP GO TO ACT PREP
Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted

  

by Gail Carson Levine

Ella Enchanted Theme of Family

Ah, family. They love you, support you, take you in when no one else will, and put up with all your crazy issues—at least, they're supposed to. And boy does Ella's family have issues. Her mother dies, her father's a jerk, and her stepfamily is greedy and heartless. People in Ella Enchanted marry for status and for money, while loving relationships seem like an afterthought. Luckily, she's got a pretty nice family of choice: Mandy is kinder to Ella than the rest of her living family put together, while Areida's friendship helps Ella deal with the nastiness of her stepsisters at boarding school. So, you know: family. Can't live with 'em, can't feed 'em to the ogres. Ella's mom must've done a good job of raising her, since this brilliant solution never occurs to Ella.

Questions About Family

  1. Which traits has Ella inherited from her mother? How about from her father?
  2. How is Ella's non-biological or chosen family more in tune with her values and personality than her biological family, or her father's new family?
  3. How much are the servants in Ella's household a part of the family?
  4. Which of Ella's family relationships seem to be built upon love and respect, and which depend on other feelings?

Chew on This

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

There are more unhappy than happy marriages in Ella Enchanted.

In Ella Enchanted, having no family would be better than having a rotten family.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement