Study Guide

Inkheart Power

By Cornelia Funke

Power

Power comes in many shapes and sizes in Inkheart. Some power is scary and showy, like the power Capricorn exhibits over his men and the surrounding region; Mo's power to read people into or out of books is pretty mysterious; and other kinds of power are subtler—cunning and cleverness, for example, will also get you a fair bit of mileage, and lets not forget how powerful writing a new story into being is. Yup—power comes in all sorts of forms in this book.

The thing is, though, that power usually comes at a cost. Depending on how a character utilizes their power—and what their power is—the stakes change, but it's definitely safe to say that nobody gets anything for free in this book.

Questions About Power

  1. Who do you think is more powerful, Basta, or Capricorn? Why?
  2. How does Mo feel about his reading power?
  3. Why does Meggie want the power to read people/things out of books?
  4. What is the relationship between power and fear like? What about between power and love?

Chew on This

Power always comes at a cost; there's no such thing as a free ride.

In Inkheart, the pen is mightier than the sword.

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