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Compare "Jane Eyre" and "Rebecca" focusing in particularon each writer's use of symbolism.

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Compare "Jane Eyre" and "Rebecca" focusing in particular on each writer's use of symbolism. This essay is about two, romantic-suspense novels that I have been studying recently. The narrative, theme and characters of these novels are very similar but they were both written at different times. One of the novels "Jane Eyre," is basically about a young girl Jane, who falls in love and marries her employer Edward Rochester who is older than her. In the other novel "Rebecca," the narrator, whose name we do not know, also falls in love with an older man, Maxim De Winter who is a widower. As the story of both the novels develops, we find out that the husbands conceal a horrific secret from their wives. Also, the two main female characters in the novels come from similar backgrounds. They have both been brought up in hardships and have always had a lack of money. Whereas, the men they have married are very wealthy, this makes the women feel a bit out of place and minor to their husbands. Basically the theme of the novels is that a young woman falls in love with a man, who is much older to her and then discovers that the man she loves keeps some sinister secrets from her. ...read more.

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She also mentions a clock that is "curiously carved," this is particularly symbolizing the plot of the story which is constructed in a twisted and complex way. The continuous reference to the house resembling a church gives a hint that there could be a wedding later on in the story. Charlotte Bronte uses the setting to reflect the lives of the characters. An example of this is when she emphasizes the opening of doors. This symbolizes the starting of Jane's new life and the secret revelations that Jane will face later on. Charlotte Bronte uses the settings of the house to describe the plot, theme, and characters of the novel. The author of "Rebecca", Daphne Du Maurier also uses very similar techniques to Charlotte Bronte. In "Rebecca" I focused on the journey of Mr and Mrs De Winter, when entering Manderley for the first time, as a wedded couple. Mrs De Winter, like Jane also speaks negatively of Manderley and its surroundings. She describes the path entering Manderley to be ' twisted and turned as a serpent', this is symbolic to the life that she leads later on as it is all over the place and quite unstable. Another symbolic meaning of it could be that it is referring to how Maxim viewed Rebecca to be, like a serpent; evil and resented. ...read more.

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Firstly, both of them came from similar backgrounds where they were not respected and made to feel inferior. They then fall in love with men that are much older than them and they also face similar situations, as both of their husbands confront them about a sinister secret. When they discover their husband's secrets they both decide to stick by their husbands as they love them too much. Both authors use similar techniques in their writing. Not only does the plot of their stories resemble each other, their characters and themes of the story are quite the same. The symbolism techniques that they use have a great resemblance; the two writers' literacy skills are very alike. The two novels are very interesting but out of the two I found "Rebecca" to be most exciting. This is because it was a well written, romantic thriller with lots of unexpected twists and turns, whereas the plot of "Jane Eyre" was quite predictable. The use of symbolism is very effective in both novels, in "Rebecca" there is a great concentration on nature, but the flowers that are mentioned are spoken about from a negative perspective. Other authors tend to use flowers in a more positive way to portray beauty but Daphne Du Maurier does the total opposite, this is one of the things that I enjoyed when reading her novel as it was quite different compared to other novels. ?? ?? ?? ?? Siddqa Jeebhai 11JR ...read more.

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