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- A coming-of-age novel is defined as a novel in which the main character or characters grow, mature, or understand the world in adult terms. A loss-of-innocence novel is one in which the child or young adult is living a blissfully happy life, innocent of any real evil or hardship. This innocence is shattered, however, by what the character observes or experiences; this experience changes the character. Which of the above definitions best describes the narrator’s experiences in this story? Cite incidents from the novel to support your answer.
- Discuss the importance of Manderley to the following characters in the story: Maxim,Rebecca, the narrator, the community.
- What is the climax of the novel? In what way does the narrator change after this incident?
- Discuss the narrator’s relationship with the servants (except Mrs. Danvers) in the story.How does this relationship change as the novel progresses? State a theme for the novel based on this relationship.
- Some critics believe that the author uses descriptions of nature to represent some of the characters in the story. Find a passage in the story illustrating the connection between the following natural elements and the characters: Maxim and the rose garden, The narrator and blue bells, Rhododendrons and Rebecca
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.