· The narrator in Daphne du Maurier’s novel “Rebecca is never named. Du Maurier wrote later that this was because she could never come up with the right name for the character and as she continued to write, it became easier just not to name her.
· Maxim refers to the narrator’s name as “very lovely and unusual” but the name is never mentioned.
· The narrator, however, struggles throughout the novel to establish a “name” for herself. The narrator refers to herself as “a poor creature” “tortured by shyness.” She even says that she thought of herself “with scorn.”
· When she and Maxim are at the top of the cliff, she speaks to him, but he doesn’t answer, she says he “must have forgotten all about me…”
· She struggles to establish an identity for herself, and so the lack of a name, like everything else in the novel, is completely appropriate and echoes the themes in the story.
· And, the name of her rival, Rebecca, is so prominent in the story and indeed the title of the novel.
· The first time the narrator sees the handwriting of the former wife, it reflects the character of the woman, bold, assertive, and the note written by her ends with her name “Rebecca” written in her own hand, the first letter larger than all the others.
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