The Host Theme of Prejudice
People are prejudiced for a variety of reasons. (None of them good ones.) They might be against someone of a different race, body size, or sexual orientation. Or they might be prejudiced against the alien race that killed their family. Okay, that might be a good reason. Or is it? In The Host, most of the humans hate Wanda for being a member of the race that has almost wiped humans from the planet. But some people are able to look past that and not blame her for the actions of her race. Us? We're honestly not sure.
Questions About Prejudice
- What stereotypes does Wanda believe about humans? What stereotypes do the humans believe about Wanda's species? Which are true, and which are not?
- Is Kyle justified in making prejudiced remarks toward Wanda and her species?
- What finally makes Kyle overcome his prejudice toward Wanda's species? Do you believe he's totally free of prejudice at the end of the novel?
Chew on This
People hate what they don't understand. They see the aliens as an evil race and can't immediately comprehend that not all of them are evil.
Wanda's entire species has prejudiced views of humans, thinking them angry, greedy, evil murderers. If they didn't have this attitude, they might not have invaded Earth in the first place.