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Rebecca Study Guide
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Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
- Rebecca Study Guide
- Rebecca Study Guide Part 2
Good looking, friendly, drives a sports car, but he’s no Maxim....
- What does the narrator break, and how does she cause disruption in the house?
- Why do the de Winters quarrel?
- Why does Maxim briefly leave?
- Who does the narrator meet on the beach? Why is he somewhat like a prophet-figure?
- Who arrives in a sports car to visit Mrs. Danvers?
- Where have Mrs. Danvers and the visitor, somewhat secretly, been visiting?
- Is the narrator comfortable with the visitor? Explain.
- After the visitor leaves, where does the narrator decide to go?
- What does the narrator find when she explores the west wing?
- Why does Mrs. Danvers blame herself for Rebecca’s death?
- What conclusions about Mrs. Danvers do you come to, after reading the west wing scene?
“Where is dear Rebecca?”........
- Who is Gran, and what guffaw does she make in the narrator’s presence?
- Explain the grandmother’s retreat into the past.
- What additional facts do you now learn about Rebecca?
- What grand affair will soon be held at Manderley?
- What does the narrator decide to wear? How does she get the idea for the outfit?
- Why does the outfit cause a stir at the ball?
- How does Maxim react to the narrator’s outfit? What about Maxim’s reaction leaves a lot to be desired?
- Why does the narrator mutter, “I ought to have known” following her appearance in the costume?
- Does the narrator return to the ball? How does she dress?
- When Maxim fails to turn up in their bedroom that night, what does the narrator fear?
- Do you think the narrator establishes herself as the new mistress of Manderley to the party-goers? Why or why not?
Danvers is confronted, and rockets are launched......
- After the narrator sees Danvers watching her from a window, what does the narrator decide to do?
- Describe Danvers ’ reaction to the confrontation. What does she explain?
- Why does Danvers lead the narrator the window?
- Guns boom and rockets are launched from the cove. What is going on?
- What news does the harbormaster bring?
- Why does Maxim say, “It’s too late, my darling. We’ve lost our little chance of happiness” ?
- Maxim FINALLY describes his first marriage to the narrator. What does he say?
- How does the confession change the narrator? Does she seem younger and more innocent or older and more mature? Explain.
- Explain the relationship between Rebecca and Jack Favell.
- Why does Maxim keep the marriage going?
- Where did Rebecca repeatedly take lovers?
- It is now revealed why Beatrice would not have visited at Manderley often when Rebecca was alive. Explain.
- What does Rebecca tell Maxim that night on the boat that drives him into a rage?
- Why would the idea an heir upset Maxim so?
- What is the real story of Rebecca’s death?
- Why has the boat stayed submerged so long?
- How does the narrator react after she hears the story?
- Who are Captain Searle, Colonel Julyan, and Inspector Welch?
- How did Maxim deal with a dead body turning up on another town’s shore months after Rebecca’s death?
The inquest cometh.....
- After Colonel Julyan leaves, Maxim tells the narrator something about a bullet wound on the corpse. Explain.
- What does Frank Crawley caution Maxim to do at the inquest? Why? What does the narrator suspect about Frank?
- Who is Tabb, and why is his testimony important at the inquest?
- The coroner asks Maxim to describe his marriage to Rebecca. Just as Max is about the answer, what conveniently happens?
- What verdict does the coroner eventually settle on?
Jack Favell’s side of the story....
- What is in the note a drunk Jack Favell carries?
- What does Jack demand?
- How does Frank respond?
- Why does Maxim call the magistrate?
- At this point, the readers often take a different perspective than is typical. Are you rooting for or against the police at this point?
- What does Favell tell Colonel Julyan?
- Why did Maxim kill Rebecca, according to Favell?
- Why is Ben suddenly an important character?
- What book is Danvers able to produce to help Colonel Julyan’s investigation?
A quick trip to London for the real scoop.....
- Who is Baker, and why is he important?
- Why do Maxim, Favell, the narrator, and Colonel Julyan all trek into London ?
- Maxim fully expects Baker to reveal what about Rebecca?
- How did Rebecca disguise her identity to Baker?
- What diagnosis was Rebecca given?
- Colonel Julyan seems satisfied after the visit with Baker and decides to close the case. Why?
- On the way back to Manderley, Maxim phones home and receives surprising news about Danvers . What is it?
- Maxim and the narrator decide to drive home (through the night) to reach Manderley as soon as possible. Why?
Mrs. de Winter, get your science facts straight....
- The narrator thinks she sees the sunrise in the morning, but alas, the sun does not rise in the West. What is the light?
- What has happened to Manderley?
- Who is to blame, do we guess, and why would this have happened?
- Why is the ending “just” or “unjust”?
- Would Maxim and the narrator been able to ever live at Manderley with Rebecca’s “ghost”?
- This novel is circular in structure. That means, it begins and ends at the same place and time. Explain how Rebecca is circular.
- Look over the notes on the “gothic tradition” at the beginning of this study guide. How does this du Maurier novel fit the genre?