Study Guide

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Society & Class

By Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Society & Class

We totally get you: the dead are rising from their graves and these ladies are worried about snagging a rich husband. Huh?

Okay, just hear us out. Yes, in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the undead walk the earth but, so far, the landed gentry are still in business, which means that the class structure is alive and well. In fact, the zombie menace has given rise to a new way to flaunt your social status: Where you go to train to fight the undead—China or Japan—is one way to show off your wealth and power. (Japan is the "classy" location.)

Zombies may have changed the equation, but the folks on the top of the social ladder aren't willing to slip off their perches just yet.

Questions About Society & Class

  1. Do you think Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley end up marrying beneath themselves socially? If so, why doesn't it hurt their social standing?
  2. Why doesn't Lydia's marriage to Mr. Wickham tarnish the family socially in the end?
  3. Why does Lady Catherine take so much pride in her Japanese training? Mr. Darcy was also trained in Japan, but he doesn't talk about it as much. Why not?

Chew on This

Mr. Collins is totally preoccupied by his place in society. When he finds out that he was married to a zombie and never noticed, he's so ashamed that he decides to kill himself.

It doesn't really matter what social rank someone has or where that person was trained in the deadly arts. All that matters is how hard that person works to survive the zombie apocalypse.