Study Guide

The Forest of Hands and Teeth Loyalty

By Carrie Ryan

Loyalty

Remember Lady and the Tramp? Lady risked herself and her safety to save a defenseless little baby, while Tramp risked his life to help his Lady friend. Now that there's some serious loyalty for you, folks. But when it comes to zombie attacks and the Forest, loyalty pretty much goes to the dogs. Unless, of course, you're a member of Mary's rat pack. From Harry's commitment to Mary, to Travis and Jed's ultimate sacrifices, to Cass's fierce protection of Jacob, loyalty bleeds from these characters. Perhaps it's got something to do with the whole we're-about-to-die-mentality. In a dog-eat-dog world, you either choose loyalty or selfishness. Mary's peeps, along with Lady and her Tramp, nobly choose the former.

Questions About Loyalty

  1. Is Mary loyal to her friends, or merely with them because they won't leave her alone?
  2. Why do you think Jed was willing to sacrifice himself for Mary?
  3. Which characters showed the most loyalty, and how?
  4. Is Harry being disloyal to Mary when he chooses to change his focus to Cass?

Chew on This

Though her friends are loyal, Mary consistently makes choices that are only good for herself.

Travis's ultimate sacrifice for Mary finally taught her that loyalty triumphs over selfishness.