Study Guide

Vampire Academy Duty

By Richelle Mead

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It was George Washington who said, "Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected." Easy for him to say, but for Rose it's not so easy. In Vampire Academy, she's caught between her duty to protect Lissa and her desire to have fun, go wild, and hook up with some guys. Ultimately, Rose decides her role as a guardian to Lissa is way more important than all that other stuff, but it doesn't mean she doesn't miss it. She is human, after all. Or, we should say, dhampir, but you know what we mean.

Questions About Duty

  1. Do you think Rose makes the right decision by choosing her duty to Lissa over her own happiness? Why or why not?
  2. How does social class seem to play into ideas of duty? What ideas seem to unite Morois and dhampirs when it comes to duty?
  3. Why does Rose take her duty more seriously than other novices? Do people like Headmistress Kirova agree with Dimitri that Rose cares about her duty as a guardian?

Chew on This

By ostracizing any dhampirs who step outside of the guardian role, Vampire Academy shows us that dhampirs should place their duty to protect Morois above all else.

While Rose should train to become the best guardian she can possibly be, she also deserves her own happiness.

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