Study Guide

Burn Guilt and Blame

By Julianna Baggott

Guilt and Blame

You might notice that almost every other paragraph in Burn relates to someone feeling guilty or playing the blame game. The Pures all feel guilty about leaving the wretches to die. Both Pressia and Partridge feel wildly guilty about being the object of unrequited love. Partridge feels guilty about letting down the population within the Dome. El Capitan feels guilty about being alive.

In fact, we challenge you to find one single character in this book that isn't consumed with guilt… except Willux, of course. Willux has a lead weight where his conscience should be.

Questions About Guilt and Blame

  1. Does Partridge's guilt for killing his father inhibit him from ruling the Dome?
  2. Who feels more guilty for their past: El Capitan, or Partridge?
  3. Should Pressia feel guilty for not loving El Capitan?

Chew on This

The guilt of surviving the Detonations is much worse than the guilt of anything else in this trilogy.

El Capitan's guilt is a way for him to be forgiven.