Discussion Questions: Trilby

March 2, 2010 at 12:10 am 2 comments

This week LT is taking a look at Trilby, George Du Maurier’s tribute to 1850s Paris. This novel is not as widely known as some of the others we’re studying during this challenge, but it was intensely popular at the end of the nineteenth century. Click here for background on the LT Classics Challenge, and get your answers ready for the post on Thursday!

How does Trilby play with gender roles and expectations, especially those of Victorian England? What do you think Du Maurier is doing here? Is he a subverter or preserver of the gender status quo?

The virtues of truth versus realism seems to have been a matter of widespread debate at the end of the nineteenth century, as we have seen in The Picture of Dorian Gray and see here in Trilby. Which do the characters in Trilby feel is more valuable, truth or beauty (as Keat’s aphorism that “beauty is truth; truth, beauty” seems to have been rejected)? Can you discern Du Maurier’s opinion?

For the titular character, Trilby does not really appear all that much. Why would Du Maurier name the book for her rather than, say, Svengali or Little Billee?

See you all on Thursday! Or, as Trilby might say, “A jeudi, mes vieux!”


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  • 1. Care  |  March 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm

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    • 2. KT  |  March 2, 2010 at 10:31 pm

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