In Rebecca, the narrator is never named. What is the significance of this and what does it say about the narrator?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

In Rebecca, the heroine is the narrator, but she is also nameless. We know her only as Mrs. DeWinter after she marries Maxim DeWinter, although Rebecca was the prior Mrs. Dewinter. By not giving the narrator and heroine a name, the author symbolically illustrates that the heroine is living under the shadow of the prior Mrs. DeWinter and until she can be rid of Rebecca’s ghost, both literally and figuratively,...

(The entire section contains 225 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team