Discussion Questions: The Mystery of Edwin Drood
This is the last week of March’s Classics Challenge stint before LT goes on break for the month of April. The next drawing for the Penguin Clothbound Classic will be at the end of May, so you have plenty of time…but this would be an easy week to participate! Here’s what we’ll be talking about in relation to The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Dickens’ tantalizingly unfinished mystery:
All right, let’s hear it. Who did it? What was the motivation behind the murder, and what clues do you feel Dickens left for you? In your mind, are there any other possibilities?
One thing that struck me about this book was how many elements of the plot seemed recognizable from other (often later) stories. How is this novel intertextual, both in the sense that it influences and is influenced by other works from the 19th century?
How does Dickens play with the notions of wildness and civilization in this novel? Why do you think he is constantly contrasting the two, and why is this contrast important to the novel?
See you Thursday!