Questions for Study
Why does the heroine remain nameless? Is this namelessness symbolic?
Discuss the role of the Oedipus/Electra complex in the novel.
Is Rebecca a ghost story? Why or why not?
Discuss the role of Mrs. Danvers in the novel.
Discuss the character of Maxim. How are his actions consistent or inconsistent with this character?
Is justice served at the end of the novel? Why or why not?
Discuss the role of Manderley in the novel--both the house itself and its grounds and beach. How does setting contribute to the book's plot? To the book's tone?
Discuss the elements that make Rebecca a work of gothic literature.
Discuss the role of Jack Favell in the story. Does he help to shed light on Rebecca's character? How does he impact the plot?
Analyze the heroine's marriage to Maxim. How does their relationship develop during the course of the novel?
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