Study Guide

The Scorpio Races Violence

By Maggie Stiefvater

Violence

Red is the new black. By red, we mean the crimson red of spilled blood and gore. And by black, we mean the hot new thing in young-adult lit. See: The Hunger Games. Katniss Everdeen's brutal acts have nothing on the carnivorous horses of The Scorpio Races.

If you're trying to genetically engineer water horses in a lab, follow this handy formula: Hannibal Lector + (zombies * seahorses) = capaill uisce. Not only are these creatures from the deep brutal, but they have no conscience. Beware if you're vacationing on the beaches of Thisby: The Scorpio Races are not for the squeamish.

Questions About Violence

  1. Is the violence critical to the story? How would it be different without the violence?
  2. What acts of violence do the human characters commit?
  3. Can the capaill's violent nature be changed?
  4. Do the riders celebrate the violence of the horses, or do they fear it? Or both?

Chew on This

Living a life among the vicious capaill has desensitized Puck and Sean to violence.

Traditional water horse myths are not watered-down kids's tales, so the violence is necessary in order to be accurate to the legends

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