The Female Gothic Themes In Rebecca By Daphne Du Maurier

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Daphne du Maurier 's novel Rebecca, is a good example of unique and intriguing writing. It has achieved critical praise inarguably due to its uniqueness in literature especially as compared to those which fall under the female gothic category. The author uses attractive themes which can easily attract the masses throughout diverse generations. This book exposes a story of a narrator who faces lots of challenges not only in her marriage but also in her social circle. There exist certain controversies connected to the reason as to why the author did not give Maxim 's second wife a name throughout the novel. However, this could be a major aspect which makes the novel stands out as unique. The purpose of this paper is to reveal the impact of this …show more content…
Any reader can conclude that Rebecca is indeed a main character of the story despite her absence. A deeper evaluation reveals that the opinions or rather the technique used by the author were molded by the perceptions of the society at the time when the book was written. It is essential to note that most female gothic literature exposes the predicaments that women face in their day to day lives. This story sheds some light on how the perceptions of evil people can slow down the progress and growth of an individual and especially those who are perceived to be weak in the societal order, like the …show more content…
Danvers had before her death to portray the wicked supportive role that women play. Mrs. Danvers keeps Rebecca 's room perfectly preserved in an effort to store her memories because she treasured her greatly. Additionally, the author uses the evil nature of Rebecca to expose the conniving and unpredictable nature of women to manipulate and influence innocent individuals. When Mrs. Danvers, who is very influenced by Rebecca, admits that she will never accept the narrator as the new Mrs. De Winter and tries to compel her to end her life by jumping off the balcony. It is also important to note that betrayal is a theme in the novel, it is a part of the same nature of Rebecca 's evil. Paralleled to narrator who would never betray Maxims trust and love, goes on to be his accomplice and does anything she can help him cover up murder. Maybe Mrs. DeWinter is nameless because she doesn’t fit into that motif of being a deceptive woman given her innocent

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