White Forest Themes

Destiny

Throughout the series, the idea of accepting, following, embracing, and honouring one’s destiny is prevalent. The White Forest Faeries’ destinies are literally marked on their wings. In Narine of Noe Life Tasks are designated by the Sages via connection with the Eternal Dragon.

Do you think one’s destiny is set, that individuals control their own destinies, or a combination of the two?

Is it possible to change one’s destiny once it’s in motion?

What markings would appear on your wings if you were a White Forest Faerie?

How accepting is Brigitta of her own destiny? What is her attitude toward it? What about Narine? Do they feel similarly or differently about their destinies?

How would you feel if someone else told you what you were to do with the rest of your life? Why do the White Forest and Noe faeries accept their destinies so readily?

 

Responsibility

In the movie Spiderman, Peter Parker is told, With great power comes great responsibility. Brigitta and Narine are both told something similar by their elders in terms of knowledge. Once one has been given a certain kind of knowledge, it is their responsibility to use it appropriately and for the “greater good.”

As the series progresses, Brigitta is handed greater and greater responsibility, which she takes upon herself as part of her destiny. At first she is only responsible for taking care of herself and her sister. This turns into taking care of her forest, her companions, and later the fate of the entire world. She puts her own life at risk to see her responsibilities through, often taking on responsibilities that others don’t believe belong to her (because, having spent time in the outside world, she knows things that they don’t).

Do you agree that once you gain particular knowledge about the world, that it is your responsibility to use that knowledge to help heal / change / better the world? Where would you draw the line?

Is personal safety, or the safety of your friends or loved ones, less important than the safety of the world at large?

Brigitta sometimes goes against others order/wishes for what she considers the greater good. Do you think this is responsible of her? In Book Three, when she steals the High Priest’s sceptre, is she acting irresponsibly? Why or why not?

 

Knowledge

In Book Two Ondelle tells Brigitta, shockingly, that there is no such thing as magic. That all magic is simply knowledge that one didn’t have before (i.e. making “fire” would seem like magic to those without the knowledge to do so).

Does this devalue the idea of “magic” throughout the story? Why or why not?

What kinds of things in the world appear to you as magic, even though you know there is a logical explanation for them?

What kinds of things do you think future generations will be able to do that we humans would consider “magical” today?

What’s the difference between magic and knowledge?