Study Guide

The Maze of Bones (The 39 Clues) Good vs. Evil

By Rick Riordan

Good vs. Evil

Some people believe that you're either born good or born evil. Some people believe it's all in how you're raised, whether you turn out committing good deeds or bad. Others think there are shades of gray. The Cahills of The 39 Clues Book One: The Maze of Bones, well, they're a little bit of everything. There are some Cahills who are always up to no good. Then there's Mr. McIntyre, who seems to be treading the line between the two extremes. And our heroes, Amy and Dan, while mostly good, have a little bit of a bad streak that we're not sure they'd cop to. This large, scheming family sure isn't making it any easier for us to solve the eternal dilemma of good vs. evil.

Questions About Good vs. Evil

  1. Which of the Cahills are good? Which are evil? What makes you say so?
  2. Is William McIntyre good or evil? How can you tell?
  3. If Grace's secret will give someone as much power as she promises, why did she take the chance that an evil Cahill might get it?

Chew on This

Like the Slytherins in Harry Potter, the Lucian branch of the Cahills seems to be jam-packed with evil people.

Because they don't know which branch of the family they belong to, Amy and Dan are free to choose their own actions and decide for themselves if they're good or evil.