Rebecca By Daphne Du Maurier Essay

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Rebecca By Daphne Du Maurier

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier


Texts show us how experience often changes people. 'Rebecca', a novel
written by Daphne Du Maurier illustrates this point. Throughout the engrossing
story, the characters experience much and as a result, the characters undergo
both temporary and life-altering changes to their thoughts, beliefs and
behaviour.

In the beginning of the novel, the narrator is the insecure, shy and
inexperienced paid companion of Mrs. Van Hopper. However, when she marries Maxim
De Winter her life totally changes. She enters a new and unknown world as she
becomes part of the elite class of society. She also has to cope with the many
responsibilities and expectations imposed on her as the wife of the famous Maxim
De Winter. This experience changes her into a worldly, more confident woman, but
however this is a gradual development. For example, early in the novel, the
narrator has unrealistic romantic fantasies of her and Maxim. However, after
Maxim's blase marriage proposal the reality of the situation begins to dawn on
her :

'And he went on eating his marmalade as though everything were natural. In
books men knelt to women, and it was moonlight. Not at breakfast, not like
this.'

Here Mrs. De Winter changes with this experience. Her ideas of love
which are based on works of fiction, are quashed when her romantic expectations
remain unfulfilled. Although her unblemished perception of love begins to
crumble in this instance, later it is rebuilt by the love that she and Maxim
share.

On the other hand, Maxim's experience with the narrator is somewhat
different. In the beginning of the novel, he seeks no romantic involvement but
seeks companionship. The experience of close communication with another human
being, after his self-imposed isolation after Rebecca's death, changes Maxim.
When Maxim takes the narrator for a drive in his car, he tells her of Manderley,
the sun setting and the nearby sea. At this moment, Manderley is the most
precious thing to him in the entire world, and he chooses to share this with the
narrator. This time spent with the Mrs. De Winter changes him. He realises that
he needed companionship and perhaps unconditional love, both of which could be
attained by marrying the narrator.

In 'Rebecca', these two characters share a major life-altering experience.
Maxim confesses to Mrs. De Winter that he had murdered Rebecca, and that Rebecca
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