Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

The following is in response to “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” written by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen.

“Curious,” said Elizabeth, still chewing, “I have tasted many a heart, but I dare say, I find the Japanese ones a bit tender. ” (132)

This parody novel slash old-world mash-up slash zombie novel is a tale of how people’s pride and prejudices get in the way of their decisions and blinds them with a plethora of zombie mayhem thrown in for good measure. Our main character, Elizabeth “Lizzy” Bennett is the catalyst that unearths all the pride and prejudices in the other characters. Consequently, on page 165, we see that Elizabeth herself has succumbed to these inadequacies; she had prejudices against Mr. Darcy and pride that kept her form seeing the truth between him and Mr. Wickham. The story then becomes more about what we do when we become conscious of our prideful and prejudiced manners.

On page 90, Lizzy and her sisters run into a zombie that is wearing a wedding dress—this represents Lizzy’s view of marriage, a fate of eternal mindlessness. Subsequent to this, Lizzy has refused to marry Mr. Collins. This is followed by her view of having children, page 92, when she cannot bring herself to kill an infant zombie and lets it go—a weakness/flaw with Lizzy’s character. I like Elizabeth Bennet’s I-am-a-strong-independent-woman-that-doesn’t-need-a-man attitude. The biggest internal conflict rises here, for though Lizzy doesn’t want to marry, she isn’t at all dismissing the benefits on it, like having children.

Elizabeth’s prejudice blinded her about Mr. Wickham and her pride kept her from telling her family what she had later found out about him—which puts her at fault when we find out that Lydia has run away with him; though she might have been kidnapped, who knows? This starts on page 219.

So what does one do when he/she becomes aware of their own prejudices? You will probably be angry at yourself, as when Lizzy wanted “to see her pitiful blood drip onto his [Darcy’s] plate; atonement for her many prejudices against him.” (274) Usually you will find that once you have come clean about your prejudices, the one that you have wronged will understand, as when Darcy says he understands why she roundhouse kicked him; he understands her prejudices against him in their first meeting because of how terribly he acted. (300)


About evinhughes

I am a graduate of Georgia Southern University. I have a bachelors degree in Information Technology and a bachelors in Writing and Linguistics.
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