Rebecca by Daphne De Maurier

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Rebecca, a gothic and mysterious love story written by Daphne De Maurier, was published in 1938. Despite the majority of the critic’s reviews stating it was never going to become a classic, Rebecca was an amazing success. It is such a unique and universal book that it has stood the test of time among the literary classics. The book engulfs the reader into a story about love, jealousy, and escaping the past. The very first lines of the novel begin the reader’s intrigue, “Last night I dreamt I went to Maderley again. It seems to me I stood by the iron gate leading to the drive, and for a while I could not enter, for the way was barred to me” (1). This opening statement grabs the reader’s attention and produces questions in the reader’s mind that urges them on to continue the book. The novel is about the unnamed character that marries a man named Max De Winter, who was recently widowed, and how no matter what the new Mrs. De Winter does the late Mrs. De Winter, Rebecca, will always over power her. Rebecca almost seems, as she is alive lurking in Maxim’s beautiful palace of Manderley. As the novel continues the readers see how insignificant the new Mrs. De Winter is becoming and how dominate Rebecca is over her. Rebecca fills Mrs. De Winter’s thoughts and even dreams. In the end, Rebecca is not who she was proclaimed to be which leads to a twist in the plot that catches the reader off guard. De Maurier was inspired to write this novel through her own life. She received her inspiration for the character of Rebecca from her husband’s ex- fiancé. Although she was with he husband, De Maurier could never shake the feeling of insignificance compared to her. Rebecca is a classic that embodies mystery,... ... middle of paper ... ... occur make the book the classic it is today. This poem by Jessica represents the power Rebecca had over Mrs. De Winter. She consumes her every thought, dream, and waking moment. Although she tries to escape Mrs. De Winter knows her attempts are frivolous. Soon she learns just to accept the domination Rebecca has over her. She no longer considers herself the lady of Manderley, but just a puppet mimicking the routines of Rebecca. Works Cited "Daphne Du Maurier Book Reviews." Daphne Du Maurier Book Reviews. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Jan. 2014. "Escape." Best Teen Poems. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Jan. 2014. "Gothic Romance." The Free Dictionary. Farlex, n.d. Web. 27 Jan. 2014. Maurier, Daphne Du. Rebecca. New York: Avon, 1997. Print. Yardley, Johnathan. "Du Maurier's 'Rebecca,' A Worthy 'Eyre' Apparent." WashintonPost.com. N.p., 16 Mar. 2004. Web. 26 Jan. 2014.

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