Southern Lady Code (Ellis) - Discussion Questions

Discussion Questions
We'll add publisher questions if and when they're available; in the meantime, use our LitLovers talking points to help start a discussion for SOUTHERN LADY CODE … then let the conversation roll:

1. Begin by talking about Helen Ellis. How would you describe her? Funny, yes. But what else?

2. Which of the essays did you enjoy the most? Let everyone select a favorite and talk about why.

3. Does Ellis's conception of life, the manner in which one treats others, her depiction of Southern etiquette, her attitude toward marriage (and her husband) ring true … have resonance to you? Do you find semblances to your own life in any of her essays… or not? Are there points which you found yourself disagreeing with her?

4. What is Ellis's attitude toward Southern women and their "code"? Does she defend the Southern way of life ... make fun of it? Is her tone one of affection or is it critical and demeaning?

5. And of course, talk about her humor, pointing out some of the funniest lines or situations.

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