Essay about Rebecca By Daphne Du Maurier

1504 Words Dec 23rd, 2016 7 Pages
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier is a masterful mystery romance novel originally published in 1938. The story centers around the marriage of a young woman to Maxim de Winter, a brooding widower caught in the shadow of his deceased wife, Rebecca. Throughout the novel, we embark on a journey of self-discovery from the vantage point of the new Mrs. de Winter. Upon arrival at the expansive estate of her new husband, Manderley, Mrs. de Winter finds the idealistic life she’d hoped to live far from the stark reality of her new world. Through rising tensions, internal conflicts, and the self-imposed psychological stress, we watch as Mrs. de Winter transforms from an insecure young girl into a woman with a quiet, steadying strength.
The start of the book is after all the events of the novel, with Mrs. de Winter retelling their story. It’s a cunning use of flashback. A whirlwind romance with the mysterious Maxim de Winter and a blissful honeymoon in the Italian countryside hardly prepare our young heroine for the power of Manderley. Everything in the vast estate has Rebecca’s touch lingering over it. The young Mrs. de Winter faces an immediate sense of insecurity as her husband distances himself from her for reasons unbeknownst to her. Additionally, Mrs. Danvers, Rebecca’s loyal servant, is frightfully cold to her from the moment she enters the home.
During the time period the novel was written, a new school of psychological theory was flourishing in the psychology world: behaviorism…

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