Study Guide

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Family

By Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith


If you think your family is weird, you might want to meet the Bennets in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Sure, they can defend themselves from attacks by the undead, but they can't stop the rest of the world from gossiping about them behind their backs.

Having an eccentric father, a flighty mother, and several silly sisters who would rather flirt with officers than slay zombies reflects pretty poorly on Jane and Elizabeth. If zombies could talk, even they would be mentioning how over-the-top some of these Bennets are at parties.

Questions About Family

  1. Who do you think is a better parent, Mr. Bennet or Mrs. Bennet? Or are they both awful in their own ways? Or good?
  2. Why do you think Jane and Elizabeth are the most highly trained warriors of the Bennet sisters? Because Mr. Bennet put the most effort in with his oldest daughters? Or were Jane and Elizabeth just more dedicated?
  3. Which family do you think seems the most dysfunctional? The Bennets? The Lucases? The de Bourghs? The Darcys? Which one would have been the best one to grow up in?

Chew on This

Elizabeth is determined not to repeat the mistakes her parents made with her own family. That's why she turns down both Mr. Collins and Mr. Darcy right away.

Mr. Bennet might be slightly more sensible than his wife but, by the end of the novel, Elizabeth realizes that he's actually failed as a husband, father, and zombie trainer.