Study Guide

Tuck Everlasting Life, Consciousness, and Existence

By Natalie Babbitt

Life, Consciousness, and Existence

What would it mean to live forever? Well, we learn in Tuck Everlasting that everyone has a different answer to that question. (We're guessing you do, too.) The what-does-it-all-mean voice that carries the most in the novel is Tuck's, who thinks that no death means no life.

As soon as she meets the Tucks, Winnie is plunged into a world filled with philosophical questions about life and existence. She may have a lot of guidance, but she finds herself having to come up with answers in a very personal way.

Questions About Life, Consciousness, and Existence

  1. Overall, which character in Tuck Everlasting has the most sophisticated or mature understanding of life and death? How would you defend this choice?
  2. How has living forever given Tuck a new appreciation of death?
  3. If you think about it, we miss out on most of Winnie's life. We meet her when she's ten and then we fast forward to her grave. Why don't we get to see her grow up? What's that all about?

Chew on This

The characters that are immortal in Tuck Everlasting (yep, the Tucks) experience life in a different way than everyone else.

The twenty-four hours we witness of Winnie's life are the most important of her existence—that's why we don't get to see the rest.