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Connections and pairs / Alienation / Isolation
- The characters in Flames are all at points of desperation. To what extent do you agree?
- ‘I wanted to feel close to her, to feel like she and I were almost interchangeable.’ Discuss the role of connection in Flames.
- In Flames, paths often overlap and intertwine sometimes without the characters’ knowledge. Discuss.
- ‘…the Oneblood Tuna. A man couldn’t hunt it alone, and neither could a seal, but together they could kill a beast twice as heavy as the two of them combined’. Flames is an exploration of the joys and tribulations of relationship and interconnectedness. Discuss.
Humans / Natural world
- ‘I’d been burning ever since our mother had.’ Discuss the use of fire in the novel.
- Flames is a symbolic portrait of a real world. Discuss.
- In Flames, animals and the environment reflect the human character’s emotions. Discuss.
- Flames depict the natural world and human world as at odds with each other. Do you agree?
Death / Grief
- In Flames, death is not the enemy. Discuss.
- The characters in Robbie Arnott’s Flames are interconnected by pain and sorrow. Discuss.
Self-knowledge / Misunderstandings
- Flames is about transformation. To what extent do you agree?
- Flames shows that it is not possible to entirely control one’s own future. Discuss.
- How does Arnott use genre to influence the interpretation of his themes?
- How does Flames use narrative perspective to construct relationships between characters?
- Arnott’s use of vignettes in Flames reinforce the interconnectedness of his characters. Discuss.