Foreignness and The Other Quotes in The Host
How we cite our quotes:
[The humans] were barbarians, monsters. They hung over us, slavering for blood. (13.26)
Wanda's attitude toward the humans mirrors their attitude toward her perfectly, reinforcing the point that each group sees the other as a dangerous threat. Sounds like Thanksgiving chez Shmoop! (We kid, we kid.)
Humans were deceitful, treacherous creatures. I couldn't anticipate their darker agendas when such things were unthinkable to my species. (23.63)
Things like deceit and treachery are foreign to Wanda's species. But not to humans. Maybe Wanda is right to fear us.
Were twenty-nine rattlesnakes afraid of a lone field mouse? (25.5)
The humans are so different to Wanda that she sees them as predators. The funny thing is that she can't realize that they view her and her kind as the snakes.