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Brideshead Revisited Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Take a look at the cover picture on your book or, if you’re not using the American edition, then check out the image here. Now for our Super Important Question: which character is which? What makes you think so? What is this cover saying about the novel? And, most importantly, ARE THEY PLAYING FOOTSIE!?
  2. Think about the way time is manipulated in Brideshead Revisited, particularly the way Charles reveals his marriage to Celia and his affair with Julia. We jump around a lot in time as the details become clear. What is the effect of this sort of narration?
  3. Here’s another plot structure question for you: why is Lord Marchmain’s death the novel’s finale? Isn’t he a minor character? Who cares if he dies?
  4. What shifts do you see – in theme, tone, style, plot structure, or anything else – between Book One and Book Two of Brideshead Revisited?
  5. Besides Charles, whose side are you on as a reader, and which characters just aren’t likeable? What do you think of Lady Marchmain, for example? Julia? Brideshead? Lord Marchmain?

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