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Good Omens Discussion Questions

From: mark l.
Sent on: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 9:16 AM

Fellow bibliophiles,

Apologies for the delay on the discussion questions for our discussion tonight.   Hope to see you there.

Warmly,

Mark

Good Omens Questions

1. Do you think that Aziraphale and Crowley are distinctly either good or evil? Why or why not?

2. It is suggested throughout the story that there is some divine plan that lays out every action and event in life. When Adam averts Armageddon at the Tadfield Air Base, it seems to surprise many that are present. Do you think that this surprise is part of the divine plan, or do you think that there was no divine plan in action? Explain.

3. Aziraphale and Crowley made concerted efforts to shape the upbringing of the Antichrist until they discovered that they had the wrong child. Do you suppose that Adam would have found his powers sooner had they been involved in his life? Why or why not? Is it possible that their involvement in Warlock's life made a difference?

4. How do you view the treatment of traditional Christianity in this book, particularly in regards to the characters Aziraphale, Crowley, and Adam? What, in your opinion, is the relationship of free will and “God’s ineffable plan” in the events of the book?

5. What are your thoughts on the recurring theme that no angel or demon could even think up the horrible things humans do to each other or the wonderful things they do to help each other? How do you see the role of humanity in the book vs. the role of the supernatural?

6. Do you find a message in this book? If so, what? Do you think its satire works as intended?

7. In your opinion, would this novel work better if viewed as a “political” novel (as books with religious themes tend to be viewed, currently), or if viewed as a humorous novel that happens to satirize religion? In what ways does the humor add and detract from its message?

8. How do you view the roles of Agnes Nutter and Anathema? Do their prophecies fit in to the satire or are they merely there as a plot moving device? What about the roles of other secondary characters? (Newt, Shadwell, Madame Tracy, The Chattering Order of St. Beryl, etc.)

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