North and South Topics for Discussion

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Why do you think Gaskell represents the older characters so negatively?

How do the differences between north and south culture affect relationships in Milton?

North and South is a social novel, but few of the characters are actual workers. Does this take away from the novel's impact?

Why does Gaskell portray Mr. Thornton and Margaret as such a necessary match?

An important theme in the book is the poor relations between the masters and men. What does Gaskell present as the solution for the problem and how does she communicate this through the relationships between the main characters?

Examine the importance of the Victorian setting. Does Margaret's want for independence go against Victorian values? Is the older generation holding back this new era?

Why is it important the north and south of England come together as a society?

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