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Daphne Du Maurier

Explain the effectiveness of the structure of the text, Rebecca Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca is structured in a circular form, which is effective in displaying elements of the gothic genre and producing a sense of mystery and ambiguity. The fact that details are revealed gradually creates tension, and a desire to know, so that by the end of the novel the audience is satisfied with the complete story, despite the horrific truth regarding Rebecca’s murder. The text virtually revolves...

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"Rebecca" by Daphne du Maurier - Thesis essay

the impression that person makes upon others determines the way that person is treated. If one has charisma and self confidence in one's own abilities, those around unconsciously recognise this trait and are inclined to respond with respect. In Daphne du Maurier's novel "Rebecca", the narrator Mrs de Winter's lack of self confidence and assertion are responsible for the lack of respect she receives from others. In comparison, when a character, such as Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre has self confidence...

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Rebecca: By Daphne du Maurier

Throughout the novel, Rebecca, author Daphne du Maurier often reminds the reader of the constant battle of flesh versus spirit. This battle takes place between Rebecca, who takes the role of the spirit, in a sense that she died, but was never forgotten and always remembered as a perfect being who everyone loved. The flesh would be the role of Mrs. De Winter who married Rebecca's husband Maxim De Winter. Mrs. De Winter is compared in several ways to Rebecca because she is a shy woman who feels easily...

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How Effective Is the Character ‘Mrs. Danvers’ in Daphne Du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca’?

for Mrs. Danvers, a moment that they shared together every evening, allowing her to be close to Rebecca’s scent and beauty. The use of soft consonants- scent, off, brush- further implies the sensuality of the contact between them. In this way, Du Maurier allows the reader to deduce that there could have been a lesbian relationship between Mrs. Danvers and Rebecca. In an article published in the ‘Guardian’ in June 2006, Anne Massey, an actress playing ‘Mrs. Danvers’ at the time, said, ‘Whether...

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Social Structure of the 1930's - Daphne Du Maurier

Social Structure of the 1930's Daphne Du Maurier uses her own reflections in Rebecca to criticize the social structure of the 1930's. The settings throughout the book are taken directly from Daphne's memories as a young child and adult portraying the high social class environment. Important characters and their actions can easily relate back to Daphne's relationship with certain individuals in her life. The characters everyday routines show Daphne's social views on the stereotyped British civilian...

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In What Ways Does Rebecca Demonstrate and Subvert the Conventions of the Romantic Genre?”

“In what ways does Rebecca demonstrate and subvert the conventions of the romantic genre?” In Rebecca du Maurier appears to conform to the conventions of the romantic genre however, du Maurier has also subverted the genre of romance through her representation of the relationship between the narrator and Maxim and the structure of the novel. She has also incorporated of elements of the gothic genre and the psychological thriller. On the surface Rebecca appears to demonstrate the conventions...

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Feminism in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre

granted, the voice of Jane and the story depend upon it to partake a feminist critic’s interest (Kaplan 365). Likewise, Emily Brontë, Daphne du Maurier, and Elizabeth Bennett also crafted a strong, powerful woman for their main character to display the challenges in the strict social roles of the era. Multiple novels were shaped after Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca; the novels develop young, strong-willed women, either a new bride or a eager governess, living in a enormous mansion...

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Love and Narrator Triumph

over the memory of Rebecca but only after Manderley, with all of its memories of her, is destroyed. Good versus evil Du Maurier plays with the dichotomy between good and evil in the way that she presents the main characters. From a general perspective, it is clear that the narrator and Maxim are on the “good” side, while Rebecca and Mrs. Danvers are on the “bad” side. Yet, Du Maurier adds complexity to each character so that all sense of good and evil becomes purely subjective. For example, Maxim is...

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Rebecca

In the novel Rebecca, du Maurier uses techniques, such as dialogue and setting description, to create suspense and tension. But in the movie, Hitchcock uses different techniques, like music and scenery, to create the right kind of suspense and tension for his audience. The plots are the same, but the techniques are not. In the novel, the author uses a lot of dialogue to create the suspense needed to make the storyline interesting. For example, on page 259 in chapter 19, the narrator is speaking...

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A Close Study on Maurier’s and Hitchcock’s Use of Symbol and Characterization in “Rebecca” to Show the Representation of Class Conflicts

In Daphne Du Maurier’s “Rebecca” and in its film adaptation directed by Alfred Hitchcock, class conflicts are represented through characterization and the use of symbol. Class conflict is the tension or antagonism which exists in society due to competing socioeconomic interests between people of different classes. In “Rebecca”, the narrator and the protagonist, X is always regarded as inferior and According to World English Dictionary, “symbol” is “an object” used in a text “to stand for or...

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