Key Interaction Between Mrsrs. Danvers And Mrs. De Winter

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Key interactions between characters other than Mrs. Danvers and Mrs. de Winter provide excellent evidence both for the unreliability of Mrs. de Winter’s perspective and a deeper relationship between Rebecca and Mrs. de Danvers. When Beatrice and Mrs. de Winter discuss the relationship between Mrs. Danvers and Rebecca, instead of the usual tension, viewers learn that Mrs. Danvers and Rebecca came to Manderley together and that she “simply adored” Rebecca. This phrasing is particularly important, as earlier Mrs. Van der Hopper says Mr. de Winter “simply adored” Rebecca as well. Within this simple phrase there lies a similarity between the love a man has for his wife and the love Mrs. Danvers has for Rebecca. Another contradiction to the image …show more content…
Danvers loved Rebecca. From the preservation of her memory, to words of other characters, there is no doubt that Mrs. Danvers feelings for Rebecca were much more than platonic. However, it is much harder to deduce whether Rebecca truly loved Mrs. Danvers in the same way. Despite this lack of evidence, there are small pieces that allow viewers to put together the puzzle behind their relationship. For example, Rebecca easily manipulated men, and one could argue that she manipulated Mrs. Danvers as well. But, Mrs. Danvers herself said that Rebecca laughed at the men she manipulated with her, and she felt comfortable enough around Mrs. Danvers to share a piece of her true personality. This does not seem to be true for the others she had in her life, suggesting she felt a deeper connection with Mrs. Danvers. It is also wholly possible she was incapable of love, as Maxim suggests, but rather it was only that she was incapable of loving men. Mrs. Danvers obsession with Rebecca in death would not exist without some kind of deeper bond with Rebecca in life. Based on the evidence presented by Mrs. Danvers herself and those who witnessed Mrs. Danver’s relationship with Rebecca first-hand, and the existence of Mrs. Danvers obsession with Rebecca, it is clear to two women had a strong, most likely romantic, mutual …show more content…
Danvers and Rebecca is the same obsession that creates the impression of a relationship at all. As filtered through the eyes of the new Mrs. de Winter, Mrs. Danver’s obsession with Rebecca is horrifying, and in no other scene is this horror stronger than in one of the most famous scenes in the film. This scene begins when Mrs. Danvers corners the new Mrs. de Winter in Rebecca’s room and shows her Rebecca’s clothing and lingerie in a strange and erotic sequence. The interaction is framed as a horror scene, and the musical cues and blocking create a claustrophobic and nearly unbearable feeling for the audience. The intimacy that exists between Rebecca and Mrs. Danvers is an essential element in the horror of this scene, and Mrs. de Winter nearly breaks down when Mrs. Danvers shows her Rebecca’s negligee. As Mrs. Danvers puts her hand beneath the fabric to show how sheer it is, Mrs. de Winter looks like she is going to faint, as if the terror of the implication behind the action is too much to bear. Mrs. Danver’s is the villain for Mrs. de Winter, and her obsession with Rebecca is part of what makes her so terrifying. On the surface, seeing only the perspective of Mrs. de Winter, Mrs. Danvers is predatory, and her relationship with Rebecca seems one-sided. However, in lieu of Rebecca’s own words, one can use the objective descriptions of other characters to untangle the real nature of their relationship,

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