Critical Review of Rebecca

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The gothic romance and mystery of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca show the style in which a deep, dark secret is held at the beautiful Manderley, and a young love is influenced by the haunting of Manderley’s former mistress. Using the harrowing style of suspense, Daphne tells a tale of a young woman trying to live a life in the home of someone who has not quite left yet. With extraordinary scenery, strong symbolism, and plenty of hidden irony, Daphne du Maurier has made an everlasting psychological thriller. In London, on May 13, 1907, Daphne du Maurier was born to Gerald du Maurier and Muriel Beaumont. As a young girl, Daphne grew up around creative thinking. Her grandfather, George du Maurier, was a cartoonist and author. Daphne's own parents, sister and half sister were actors. Although she did not also become an actress, Daphne also contributed to the arts of the family. She was educated privately in England and France, and then began writing short poems at the age of 19. At 22, Daphne's first book was published, The Loving Spirit. Her two most famous novels happened to be Jamaica Inn and Rebecca. Taking after her grandfather, Daphne clearly enjoyed the occupation of authorship. However, she did take some time off of writing to become a war worker in World War II. Growing up in Kent, Daphne had an extreme change of setting when she married her husband, Major Frederick A.M. Browning. The couple moved to Alexandria, Egypt after their marriage, where Daphne wrote Rebecca. Soon after, Daphne began to be known as Lady Browning when her husband was knighted. With Mr. Browning, Daphne had three children, Tess, Flavia, and Christian. Although happily married, Daphne du Maurier had a few lady lovers throughout her life. With blonde hair... ... middle of paper ... ...s for ages, and will continue to do so with the society of this world. Works Cited Bakerman, Jane S. “Daphne du Maurier.” Novels for Students, Vol. 12. 2001. 12-29. Literature Resource Center. Web. 2 Feb. 2010. “Du Maurier, Daphne.” Current Biography. 1940. n.pag. Biography Reference Bank. Web. 2 Feb. 2010. Kelly, David. “Critical Essay on Rebecca.” Novels for Students. Vol. 12. 2001. Literature Resource Center. Web. 2 Feb. 2010. Mitgang, Herbert. The New York Times. 20 April 1989. Web. 25 February 2010. Newman, Judie. “Rebecca: Overview.” Reference Guide to English Leterature, 2nd ed. 1991. Literature Resource Center. Web. 2 Feb. 2010. “Overview: Rebecca Novel, 1938.” Novels for Students, Vol. 12. 2001. Literature Resource Center. Web. 25 Feb. 2010. Templeton, Wayne. “Daphne du Maurier.” British Novelists Between the Wars. Vol. 191. 1998.
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