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Rebecca Analysis

Rebecca is a bittersweet novel. Some aspects of the story are exceptional and well written, while others are not. It contains powerful characterization and strong foreshadowing but too much imagery. First, Rebecca contains awesome characterization. At the beginning of the story, the reader may be lost and become bored with the plot, because little is known about the characters until much later in the story. Once the author, Daphne du Maurier, unfolds the characters secrets and lives, however, the story is compelling and thought-provoking. At some points, especially towards the end of the story, it seems as though the reader personally knows the characters and can relate with exactly what they are thinking and feeling. The reader can understand the narrator’s pain concerning Maxim and Rebecca, and how she feels that she is always being compared to Rebecca and will never be good enough for Maxim. One can also comprehend Maxim’s actions and ways after he explains his past life with Rebecca, which helps to make the plot more engaging and draws the reader into the world of Manderley. All the characters are continuously developed through-out the novel and their pasts are learned, except for the narrator, who’s past is never learned; probably because Ms. du Maurier thought it was irrelevant to the plot and did not want to develop the narrator’s past excessively.Secondly, Rebecca has strong foreshadowing. On page four, Ms. du Maurier writes, “For Manderley was ours no longer. Manderley was no more.” This is the strongest and most obvious foreshadowing in the story. The reader automatically knows that something tragic happens to Manderley and it’s inhabitants. In the rest of the story, however, she uses many almost unnoticeable accounts of foreshadowing, which hint to the reader that something is going to happen. She hints to Rebecca’s dress at the fancy dress ball, when Mrs. de Winter ...

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