Study Guide

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Strength & Skill

By Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Strength & Skill

When a mob of bloodthirsty zombies comes rampaging, it's pretty tough to ward them off with excellent conversation skills. As we learn in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, you need to learn how to fight, too. Some characters—like Elizabeth and her sisters—are highly trained. Others are just zombie food waiting to happen.

Training in the deadly arts can mean the difference between life and death in this zombie-ridden countryside. We don't know about you, but we're headed to the dojo after this—just to be on the safe side.

Questions About Strength & Skill

  1. Why do you think the Bingleys haven't been trained in the deadly arts at all?
  2. Mr. Bennet decided to train his daughters in the deadly arts but seems to have slacked off with the two youngest girls. Why do you think that is?
  3. Do you think Mr. Darcy is attracted to Elizabeth because of her fighting skills? Would he have married a woman who couldn't behead a zombie?
  4. Do you think the Bennet sisters will keep slaying zombies even after they're married? Will they train their children to fight the zombie menace, too?

Chew on This

Mr. Darcy wants to be both a zombie killer and a gentleman. By the end of the story, he has finally achieved both.

The novel draws a distinction between inherited ranks and wealth, on the one hand, and on the other, individual skills and strength that are earned through hard work and persistence.