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Exile is pretty much the opposite of community. The aliens and humans in The Host might be playing well amongst themselves, but they're not exactly getting along with each other. The humans have had to go into hiding to protect their species because they're now the minority. But they don't learn much from their situation. When Wanda's the minority, they don't waste any time isolating her until they decide what to do with her.

Questions About Exile

  1. Because of the alien invasion, humans have had to live in exile to survive. How have they needed to adapt their lifestyle?
  2. Wanderer is an exile in the human community. How do they treat her differently than everyone else?
  3. By sympathizing with the humans, Wanda becomes an exile from her own community. How does this affect her interactions with her own species when she goes on supply runs?

Chew on This

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

When Wanda and the humans don't see eye to eye, Wanda's feels as an outsider are exacerbated, and she isolates herself until she can come to terms with their differences.

Exile has been a good thing for the humans. They're getting along much better now than they ever did before the aliens arrived on Earth.

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