Major works data sheet for Rebecca Essay

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Title: Rebecca
Author: Daphne du Maurier
Date of Publication: 1938
Genre: Romance, Gothic, Mystery, Classic
Biographical Information about the Author:

Daphne du Maurier was born on May 13, 1907, in London, England, the daughter of actor-manager Sir Gerald du Maurier. She was a popular novelist known for her suspenseful, romantic and sometimes supernatural plots. Her best known works are Rebecca and The Birds, both adapted to film by Alfred Hitchcock. Du Maurier was made a Dame Commander in the Order of the British Empire in 1969. She died in 1981 in Par, Cornwall, England.
Historical Information about the period of Publication:

Characteristics of the genre:
Romanticism saw a shift from faith in reason to faith in the senses,
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“I wish I was a woman of about thirty-six dressed in black satin with a string of pearls.”
Heroine always wanted to change because she believed that Maxim was still in love with Rebecca, so she believed that she had to change to make him love her as much as he loved Rebecca.
“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”
Heroine had dreams of Manderley a lot because it still haunted her even after it had been burned down. She did end up falling in love with it, but all the baggage that came along with it was too much for her.
“Either you go to America with Mrs. Van Hopper or you come home to Manderley with me."
"Do you mean you want a secretary or something?"
"No, I'm asking you to marry me, you little fool.”
Maxim asks the heroine to marry him so that she can go back to Manderley with him instead of having to leave with Mrs. Van Hopper.
“The road to Manderley lay ahead. There was no moon. The sky above our heads was inky black. But the sky on the horizon was not dark at all. It was shot with crimson, like a splash of blood. And the ashes blew towards us with the salt wind from the sea.”
The mansion had been set fire by someone, and the details given her are a great example of du Maurier’s writing and the details and vivid descriptions that she gave throughout this novel.
“We all of us have our particular devil who ruses us and torments us, and we must give battle in the end.”

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