Study Guide

Pure Sacrifice

By Julianna Baggott


The sacrifices the characters make in Pure aren't your normal sacrifices. We're not talking about cutting carbohydrates out your diet or giving up Facebook for a month; we're talking about serious sacrifices.

Like as in: leaving your daughter in the hands of someone else because she's better off. Or, say, shooting your mother to put her out of her misery. Yeah, these sacrifices aren't very uplifting. But they deal with the real-deal sacrifices that reveal the struggles of humanity.

Questions About Sacrifice

  1. Why does Partridge leave the Dome? Was it only because of his mother, or were there other reasons?
  2. Do you think some characters were forced to make sacrifices?
  3. What does the word "sacrifice" really mean in this novel?

Chew on This

Many of the sacrifices made (like Partridge's pinky and Lyda's alliance at the end) were made out of necessity.

You can't really call anything that the wretches do a "sacrifice."