Analysis Of The Two Films Rebecca ( 1940 ) And Rosemary 's Baby

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The two films Rebecca (1940) and Rosemary’s Baby (1968) are based on a newlywed marriage transforming from bliss into terror, depicting their marriage between the two as a gothic space. While set in different time periods, both films engage with the primary feature of gothic fictions: the expression of concerns over modernity and the rapidly changing culture. In the instance of both these films, the concerns over domestic life and the change within the main protagonist 's lives are what allow gothic instances to occur within their marriages.
While these two films seem vastly different from each other in terms of setting, plot and troubles, both films make explicit use of gothic features such as the naïve young heroine, the sprawling house and supernatural and uncanny events (Fischer 1992, p. 6). Following the idea that woman are more aware of the supernatural, both women within these films allow their awareness of the supernatural to overwhelm their doubts and therefore their marriages. While in Rosemary’s Baby the instances with supernatural events are explicitly real to the main character, the implicit issue is whether or not these events are actually real or just within Rosemary’s head. On the other hand, Rebecca is implicit with its gothic instances. It uses the gothic trope of the past reviving in the present as an active feature within the film, shown in the way that the first wife continually haunts the new life of the second wife, despite never having any actual…

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