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The Night Circus
by Morgenstern, Erin
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1. There are a number of allusions to Shakespeare throughout the text: Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, and As You Like It. Explain these referenceshow does each play reveal itself in the novel?

2. Marco asserts that Alexander H. is a father figure to him (though his paternal instincts arent readily noticeable). In what ways does Alexander provide for Marco and in what ways has he failed him?

3. How do you view the morality of the circus in regards to the performers and developers being unknowing pawns in Celia and Marcos competition? Do Celia and Marco owe an explanation to their peers about their unwitting involvement?

4. Isobel is a silent, yet integral, partner in both the circus and the competition. She has an ally in Tsukiko, but seemingly no one else, especially not Marco. How much does Marcos underestimation of Isobel affect the outcome of the competition?

5. How does Isobel serve as a foil to Celia? Who, if anyone, fills that role for Marco?

6. At the closing of the novel, we are left to believe that the circus is still travelingBaileys business card provides an email address as his contact information. How do you think the circus would fare over time? Would the circus need to evolve to suit each generation or is it distinctive enough to transcend time?

Additional discussion questions from: Reading Group Choices
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