Discussion Questions: The Old Curiosity Shop
Hellooooooo, Challengers! This week we’re tackling The Old Curiosity Shop, the novel that had an entire nation on pins and needles waiting to hear the fate of Little Nell. Remember, our discussion post will be on Thursday, and all participants will be entered in next month’s drawing for a Penguin Clothbound Classic. Here’s what we’ll be talking about on Thursday:
So, what did you think about Little Nell? Did you find her sympathetic or just annoying? How do you think a Victorian audience would have felt about her?How do the themes and characters of The Old Curiosity Shop anticipate those of Dickens’ later works? (Think A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, Hard Times and Great Expectations if you need some direction.)
Do you think the title is appropriate for this novel, considering the role of the actual curiosity shop? If not, what would a better title be?
I told you this novel was slow, didn’t I? Interesting, but definitely a literary workout. Good luck, Challengers!