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Daphne Du Marier's Rebecca Essay

1298 words - 6 pages

Some may think Daphne Du Marier’s Rebecca is a well written tale with extremely complex characters, who throughout the book go through enormous character development. They might say the dark, bruiting feel of the novel keeps the reader wanting, and coming back for more. They
could say the erotic and criminal elements of the story; make the novel
interesting for both genders. Yes, this could be true for the 45 year old
mum trying to re-live her younger, more erotic years. Or to the most
boring person on the planet willing to spend hours, or even moments of
their lives reading this insufferable garbage some people think is literary
genius.

Du Marier really doesn’t delve much into any of the characters
backgrounds except for Maxims, and even his isn’t really anything to
great. She gives very few details about anyone’s past personal lives, and only makes small indications towards them. Take for example the unnamed protagonist, all we know about her is that, she has no family and her dad was an artist. So how are we meant to empathise with this character? How are we meant to do that when we only know two minor things about her life before Manderly and we don’t even know her name? She’s not even considered a person, and we’re meant to empathise with her, how does that work? Next is her personality, she is a dull, uninteresting, immature, naïve girl and this sets a bad atmosphere for the rest of the novel.

I will admit that there is a small amount of character development in the novel; however we can only see this in the narrator. All that happens is she gives Mrs Danvers an order, yes well done, gold star to you, but to be perfectly honest that’s a bit pathetic. You want her to slam her fist and yell at her, but no she is unable to do that because that would be unladylike of her. After everything Mrs Danvers has put her though I expected her to at least do this or hopefully even get her fired. This just brings it back to how boring the protagonist is and that it’s not necessarily Mrs Danvers putting everything in her head, it’s herself. She sits there blaming Mrs Danvers for all her problems but she refuses to do anything about them, and then after blaming her for so long she finally gets up the courage to give Mrs Danvers an order. But how are we meant to expect anything different from such an immature boring character.
I thought that there would maybe be some change in the relationship with Maxim, I knew that they would never be 100% equals, but no, nothing not even a crumb. Throughout the entire book all we’ve been shown is how Maxim wants to change and mould her and how insecure she is about her relationship. She actually continues to try and change herself and what she’s like instead of questioning the fact that’s he asked her to marry him and he still doesn’t like most of the things she does and becomes irritated by many of her actions. “And all the while, there’s Maxim, patting her head like a dog if she pleases him, frowning if she...

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