Friday, February 10, 2012

Rebecca - Discussion 1

Yikes.  I'll be honest, I can't stand the book and I read SparkNotes. ;)  Bad bad me, I know.  But I feel as though I would REALLLY like the book if it was written as interesting/entertainingly as SparkNotes!!! I actually kind of want to read it after reading SparkNotes, but then I remember how I skimmed through page after page wanting some action.  So, I'll save it for a very rainy day.  Or when I want to poke my eyeballs out next.

1. Why does the heroine remain nameless?

2.  What kind of character is our heroine—as she presents herself at the beginning of her flashback?

3. What kind of character is Maxim de Winter, and why does a man of his stature fall in love with the young heroine? What draws him to her?

4. What role does Mrs. Danvers play in this story—in her relationships to the characters (dead and alive) and also in relation to the suspense within the novel?

5. Both Beatrice and Frank Crawley talk to the heroine about Rebecca. Beatrice tells the heroine, "you are so very different from Rebecca." Frank Crawley says that "kindliness, and sincerity, and...modesty...are worth far more to a man, to a husband, than all the wit and beatufy in the world." What are both characters trying to convey to the heroine...and how does she interpret their words?

So, how you are you fairing with this book?

Final Discussion over the last chapters/whole book will be on the 24th!

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