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The genre of Rebecca

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Rebecca Novel Genre and why Rebecca, a novel by Daphne Du Maurier, first published in 1938, has often been described as a mixture of the romance, the gothic and the murder mystery genre. I, personally, do not think that it is one single genre, but all three, the gothic, romance and mystery (not murder mystery), just at different sections of the plot. I think the first part of the book, when the future Mrs De Winter first has the pleasure of meeting Maxim and experiencing 'the fever of first love' (Chapter 5, after the narrators outing with Maxim and when she realises she is in love) is the part most suited for the romance genre. I also think romance is the genre when the narrator finds out Maxim murdered Rebecca and feels exceptionally relieved, and their flame is almost 'rekindled'. This 'flame relighting' or even lighting for the first time, is best explained in these quotes, from just after the revelation of Rebecca's true cause of death; ...read more.

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I think that 'Rebecca' the novel, could be classified as a typical 'Cinderella story', the narrator goes from being fairly poor, a companion, almost slave, to snobby Mrs Van Hopper to marrying a rich man and becoming mistress of a large mansion, Manderley. From rags to riches, this plot-type is very common in novels with a romance genre. I think the second genre to best describe 'Rebecca' would be the gothic genre. Apart from the fact that gothic and romance are often paired genres, I think 'Rebecca' has the common features that the gothic includes. The gothic is all about terror, mystery, ghosts, spirits, usually a haunted house, castle or mansion and secrets. I think a lot of these 'gothic factors' are included in the plot, but in a different kind of way. For example; "I feel her everywhere" and "Do you think the dead come back and watch the living?". ...read more.

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I think the mystery genre is all about unanswered questions arising and secrets being kept. The narrator is always been given comments such as; "You are so very different from Rebecca" and "But of course you know all about that." When in fact the narrator had no idea what Rebecca was like and what she "knew" or was supposed to know. The complete mystery of who Rebecca was and the past events are uncovered slowly by the narrator in the book. In conclusion, I think 'Rebecca', the novel by Daphne Du Maurier, is an ensemble of the mystery, the romance and the gothic genre. This is because it is a romance (between Maxim De Winter and the narrator), surrounded by a mystery (Rebecca) based on the gothic (the feeling of being watched, secrets being kept and a murder). In my opinion, although these are three very different genre's on their own, that Daphne Du Maurier has made them work exceptionally well together. ?? ?? ?? ?? Megan Newstead 9P1 ...read more.

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