February 12, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

Pride and Prejudice

Discussion Questions

Pre-Production

  1. What do students already know about Jane Austen? What else would they like to know about her? How will they find this information? Does knowing more about the author enhance the enjoyment of reading their work? Why or why not?
     
  2. Why do people get married? Should people still get married? Why or why not?
     
  3. There have been several adaptations of Pride and Prejudice. Why does the story continue to endure?
     
  4. There were many social rules and restrictions in Regency England. Were women treated justly? Why or why not?
     
  5. Is the term “Chick Lit” a product of a post-feminist world or just sexist?

Post-Production

  1. What did students think of the production? Were the costumes, set, lighting and sound design what they expected? What would they change?
     
  2. Why does Mr Darcy change his opinion of Elizabeth? Why does she change her opinion of him?
     
  3. Was there a point in the play when the students knew that Elizabeth and Mr Darcy would get together? How did they know?
     
  4. Why does Charlotte marry Mr Collins? What does Elizabeth think of this decision?
     
  5. Why is it so important to the Bennet family that Wickham marry Lydia? How would the situation be handled today?
     
  6. Do students think Elizabeth and Mr Darcy will have a happy marriage? Why or why not?

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