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The Host

The Host

by Stephenie Meyer

Compassion and Forgiveness Theme

There are a lot of stories about people exacting revenge on those who have done them wrong. (When will they learn not to mess with Liam Neesen?) You don't often see the flip side of the coin: people forgiving those who have done them wrong. Well, we kind of understand: it doesn't make nearly as good a story. But The Host tackles just this issue. The humans have to learn to co-exist with Wanda, a member of a species who as all but eradicated the human race. As Wanda observes, humans are much more likely to fight it out than to hug it out.

Questions About Compassion and Forgiveness

  1. Why does Sharon allow herself to be consumed with hate for Wanda and her species? Will she ever forgive her?
  2. Wanda thinks she has compassion for the human race from the very beginning. Does she really? When does she develop compassion for the humans?
  3. Do the humans ever feel compassion for Wanda's race, or do they only feel compassion for her individually?

Chew on This

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

Ian's capacity for compassion is what allows his love with Wanda to grow.

Kyle is only able to forgive Wanda after he meets Sunny. With Sunny in Jodi's body, it's easier for him to cope with losing Jodi.

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