Study Guide

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Marriage

By Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith


Love and marriage—they go together like zombies and brains. At least in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

But that wasn't always the case. Back in the 19th century, a lady didn't necessarily marry because she was head over heels in love; she married because her husband had an income of five thousand pounds a year. You could buy a lot of daggers and swords with that kind of money.

Basically, if you wanted to survive as a woman in a society where you couldn't earn a living (or where the dead were rising from their graves), sometimes you had to be practical. Love was a luxury, and only the lucky could find it in marriage.

We think that means Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy really hit the jackpot.

Questions About Marriage

  1. Elizabeth not only turns down Mr. Darcy's marriage proposal, but she also tries to kill him. Why?
  2. Why do you think Mr. Darcy is so picky about his wife? Why not marry a girl like Caroline Bingley, who has the money and connections he's looking for?
  3. Why does Mr. Wickham decide to marry Lydia? Is it just about the money? Or does the fact that he'll never walk again finally convince him?

Chew on This

Mr. Collins is determined to get married—and he's not choosy—so he would have eventually found a wife even if Charlotte turned him down, too.

Perhaps being a zombie is a bit like being married: once you've been infected, you're cursed to wander the earth with dulled senses until you are put out of your misery. Oh, that's dark.