Eat, Pray, Love Book Discussion Questions

Instructor: Grace Pisano

Grace has a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in teaching. She previously taught high school in several states around the country.

After reading the widely popular 2010 novel 'Eat, Pray, Love', use the following discussion questions with your high school or adult students to think critically about the events and themes of the book.

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

The success of Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert was almost instantly popular with readers. In the novel, the author explores the concepts of love, spirituality and self-worth after she goes through a difficult divorce. Use these discussion questions with your high school or adult students after reading the book. The guide will first have students think critically about the book's main events and then have them apply what they learned.

Thinking Critically About the Plot

  • What event led to Gilbert's journey around the world? Other than this part of her life, how would you describe her life (socio-economic status, etc)? According to society's standards should she have been happy? Was she?
  • What was Gilbert's goal when she set out?
  • What stood out to you most from Gilbert's time in Italy? What takeaway do you have from this section of the book?
  • What stood out to you most from Gilbert's time in India? What takeaway do you have from this section of the book?
  • What stood out to you most from Gilbert's time in Indonesia? What takeaway do you have from this section of the book?
  • How did the book conclude? Were you satisfied with this ending? Why or why not?
  • How did Gilbert change from the beginning of the book to the end? How did she stay the same? Support your answer with evidence from the text.

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