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More "Graveyard Book"

One of the reviewers on LibraryThing asked some questions about the plot of "The Graveyard Book". It's sort of ironic considering the long discussion I had with Queenie about motivations in WALL-E.

The questions include spoilers so I've put them and my answers behind the cut.

"why does Bod loose his powers, why are the Jacks so keen to kill him given that this loss was on the verge of happening (the dead seem to have been expecting it)"

Bod looses his powers because he becomes an adult. It's sort of a "just because". But is an ancient time honored "just because". Things change when you move from childhood to adulthood. This is one of the things that changes.

The Jacks still want to kill him because his powers are not the reason they wanted to kill him in the first place. They want to kill him because of the prophecy.

"There would be a child born who would walk the borderland between the living and the dead. That if this child grew to adulthood it would mean the end of our order and all we stand for."

His powers are a bit of a red herring. If the boy lives to be an adult the order of Jacks will end. They also feed on death and want to feed on the power of his death but that is just an extra.

This is a classic self fulfilling prophesy. There is nothing special about Bod. If the Jacks had not tried to kill him he would not have been taken in by the Graveyard and not learned the powers of the dead. He does not even kill them. He drops one down a hole (and brakes his ankle). He tricks one into being "protected" by the SLEER. And he tricks three others into the land of the Ghouls. All the other Jacks are killed by Silas and the rest of The Honor Guard to protect Bod. If the Jacks were not trying to kill Bod the Honor Guard would not have killed them.

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