The Host Theme of Memory and the Past
We are all affected by our memories. Memories can be tied to smells, places, and people. But what if you had someone else's memories? Would that change who you are? In The Host, both Wanda has to deal with a big memory mix-up. Initially, she's supposed to use Melanie's memories to lead the Seeker to the surviving humans. The problem? Melanie's memories are so strong, Wanda develops an intense attachment to the people in them, driving her motivation for the rest of the book. That's some pretty powerful stuff.
Questions About Memory and the Past
- How do Melanie's memories affect Wanda's actions?
- When the parasites are removed and humans regain consciousness, the memories are mixed and confused. How does this affect them? How do they benefit from it?
- Do Melanie's memories of Jared match up with how he behaves in person? Why or why not?
Chew on This
The aliens are supposed to use memories to track down and kill humans, but Melanie turns the tables and uses the power of her memories to her advantage.
Melanie's memories are always written in present tense, showing how immediate and powerful they are to Wanderer.