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Beautiful Creatures Discussion Questions

Posted by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 10:57 AM
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  1. A quote from Martin Luther King Jr. appears on the page preceding the first chapter. How do you see his statement connecting to this story?
  2. Why did Ethan want to leave Gatlin? Can you relate to his feelings?
  3. Why was Ethan so hesitant about whether Lena was his girlfriend or not? When do they begin being boyfriend and girlfriend? How is their relationship typical and atypical? What qualities make someone a good girlfriend or boyfriend?
  4. Was Lena’s disciplinary meeting fair? Explain. Why did the meeting happen?
  5. After the disciplinary meeting, Lena broke up with Ethan, telling him that they were different and from different worlds (p. 412). Do you agree with that reasoning? Can people from “different worlds” be together? Why or why not?
  6. What did you think about the Jackson High Guardian Angels?
  7. What do you think happened to Ethan’s mother? What makes you think this?
  8. Ethan’s mom told him that “the right thing and the easy thing are never the same” (p.330). Have you ever experienced this? Do you think this idea is true? Explain.
  9. What is going on with Ethan’s dad? Do you think anything can help him?
  10. Lena read from The Book of Moons that “withoute darknesse there can be no light” (p.409). What does this mean? Can you imagine all good, all the time? What would that be like?
  11. Is Macon good or evil? Ethan says that Macon Ravenwood doesn’t do anything to help Lena (p. 446). Do you agree? Is Ridley good or evil? What makes someone evil?
  12. Beautiful Creatures incorporates the Civil War into a present day story set in a small Southern town. What does this novel say about history? Is history always accurate? Explain.
  13. How does the relationship between Ethan and Lena compare to that of other young literary couples? Think Edward and Bella or Romeo and Juliet.
  14. Lena and Ethan are super well read. Are you familiar with their favorite authors and poets, like Robert Frost, J.D. Salinger, Charles Bukowski, and Kurt Vonnegut?
  15. How do these famous authors' works influence Lena and Ethan or Beautiful Creatures as a whole?
  16. Do you think Garcia and Stohl, two female authors, have created a convincing male narrator? Why or why not?
  17. Do you find it unusual that a novel full of Civil War imagery and allusions kind of ignores the matter of race? How do you think the authors could have fit that in?
  18. Lena pretty much repeats the same mistakes Genevieve did during the Civil War. Were you surprised that history repeated itself, despite Lena and Ethan's efforts to try to avoid that? Does history always repeat itself?
  19. If you had to choose Light or Dark on your sixteenth birthday, which way would you go? Be honest! If you're older (don't worry, we won't tell), think about how you acted when you were sixteen. What was important to you?
  20. Have you researched your family tree? What have your ancestors done, and how have their actions affected your life?
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by Group Owner on Jan. 31, 2013 at 10:58 AM

 Feel free to just answer certain ones :) Or ask your own!

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