Study Guide

Rear Window What's Up With the Title?

What's Up With the Title?

The title is basically a descriptor: Jeff peeps on his neighbors through the rear window of his apartment, and the view through that window is the audience's, too—it's all we've got.

Rear Window also implies something secret—something out of the way, hidden in the back, where most people can't see it. That gives a hint of danger to the proceedings, a sense that maybe we're peering in on things we shouldn't.

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