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by Daphne du Maurier

Rebecca Questions

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

  1. Could the plot of Rebecca work in a contemporary (twenty-first century) setting? Why or why not? Think about it carefully: everyone would be texting each other and DNA testing would exist… how would it unfold?
  2. Several authors have created sequels to Rebecca. How would you envision a sequel if you were to write it? What questions do you have that you'd want answered? Would Jasper have puppies?
  3. Why do you think Mrs. de Winter never reveals her name? Ralph Ellison's classic Invisible Man is another novel with a nameless narrator. Do Rebecca and Invisible Man have anything else in common?
  4. Rebecca is often considered a retelling of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre. What are some of the similarities and differences?
  5. Daphne du Maurier's son is quoted as saying that his mother "was keen on the idea of beaming down and of people re-inhabiting others" (source). Is Mrs. Danvers re-inhabited by Rebecca? In the scene where Mrs. de Winter pantomimes Rebecca talking to Favell on the phone, is she possessed by Rebecca?
  6. Do you think Rebecca was as evil as Maxim makes her out to be?
  7. Are Maxim and Mrs. de Winter good for each other? Do they complement each other? What evidence in the text supports your answer?
  8. How would the story be different if Mr. de Winter was not super rich? Does Mrs. de Winter only fall for Maxim because of his money? Do we have a golddigger on our hands?

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