Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and A Room With a View by E.M. Forster

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I enjoyed the novel Rebecca thoroughly because of its many plot twists, suspense,

universal themes and realistic characters. This novel ties closely with the novel Jane Eyre ,

in theme, plot and characters. My second novel A Room With A View has similar women

characters and themes but has a very dissimilar plot line. All three of the novels are set in

Italy in the early 1900’s. All three authors wrote love stories that included a strong willed

man and an inferior woman.

I found Daphne DuMaurier and Charlotte Bronte’s writing styles similar in many

ways. Rebecca is written in the first person as a memory from the past. The novel begins

by sinking directly into the story, “ Last night I dreamt I went to Manderly

again.”(DuMaurier 5). At no point in the novel does the author get so wrapped up in

description that you loose the story. We learn about the authors characters through their

actions and insight from other characters. A Room With A View, begins by describing a

elegant dining room in the present tense. Although this description gives you a clear view

of the setting it looses the readers interest in the first few pages. Jane Eyre, commences

with , “There was no possibility of taking a walk that day” (Bronte 3). This quote shows

Charlotte Bronte introducing her novel also in the past tense as a vivid memory.

All three novels included the character of a very inferior feeling, plain woman.

Although all three of these characters begin with low self esteem they evolve throughout

the novel and end as very strong respectful women. In Rebecca the main character’s name

was Mrs. De Winter. Rebecca is Mr. De Winter’s first wife and is only reflected as a

memory of the past. In Jane Eyre the character’s name was Jane and in A Room With A

View , the character’s name was Lucy. Mrs. De Winter in the novel, Rebecca, looks back

on herself and states, “ I have lost my diffidence, my timidity, my shyness with strangers. I

am very different from that self who drove to Manderly for the first time, hopeful and

eager, handicapped by a rather desperate gaucherie and filled with an intense desire to

please. It was my lack of poise of course that made such a bad impression on people like

Mrs. Danvers.”(DuMaurier 13). This quote shows how Mrs. De Winter has become

strong since the first time she seen the enormous mansion called Manderly. All three ladies

are dressed quite plain in the novels.

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