- Ransom suggests that revenge is not the answer to grief.
- Ransom demonstrates that though it may be difficult, anyone can change their ways. Discuss.
- Women have no important role in Ransom.
- In Ransom, the characters confront their battles with love or revenge.
- Malouf suggests that peace triumphs over war. Discuss.
- Love drives the characters to act unimaginably.
- The characters’ sense of humanity disappears when they lose a loved one.
- Both Achilles and Priam journey through pain and loss to ultimately find peace.
- David Malouf suggests that revenge and guilt are connected.
- Redemption helps the characters in Ransom find peace.
- Ransom demonstrates that even the common man can teach royalty many things.
- Ransom shows that royal members are not superior to commoners.
- Priam is depicted ‘like an obedient toddler’ at the beginning of his journey. How does this journey change him into a man?
- ‘In the long vista of time he might already be gone.’ David Malouf proposes that human significance in the world is transient. Do you agree?
- ‘Ransom’ refers to the situation between Achilles and Priam. What other ransoms occur in the novel?
- The true hero of Ransom is Somax. Discuss.
- Ransom shows that the gods have a significant role in the fate of the characters.
- In David Malouf’s Ransom, it is the commoner who is shown to be privileged, not royalty. Discuss.
- The characters’ identity is not defined by their names, but who they are.
- ‘…[S]mall waves kick up, gather, then collapse, and new ones replace them; and this, even as he watches, repeats itself, and will do endlessly.’ Ransom illustrates that the cycle of life is repeated. To what extent do you agree?
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