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The novel Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier creates a sense of mystery throughout, how is this show throughout the text?

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Notes for Personal Study ___________________________________________________________________ The novel Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier creates a sense of mystery throughout, how is this show throughout the text? Genre: 1900, Classic Gothic Literature which is characterised by picturesque settings, ominous landscapes and architecture and also storylines of fiery passion and supernatural events. The story is told in flashback which adds mystery from the onset. The main character of the story is the narrator. The narrator of the story is nameless throughout the novel; this is very mysterious and in turn makes the reader enthralled to read on as to find out the name of the character. ...read more.

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This is also a factor of mystery. When we first come across Maxim in the story we know he is deeply sad, and we take the reason for this to be the death of his wife, Rebecca. The mystery which evolves round this is why Maxim does not talk about his wife or the events surrounding her death. Once the narrator and Maxim are married and they return to Manderley they meet Mrs Danvers, Mrs Danvers frightens the narrator and does not make her feel welcome, this is mysterious as the narrator has done no harm to Mrs Danvers. There are a lot of mysterious features about Manderley; The West Wing were Maxim and his former wife used to sleep, this is out ...read more.

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Mrs Danvers relishes in the fact that other peoples grief has gave her so much satisfaction. The twist in the story that Maxim actually shot his wife and the reasons that unfold after his confession prove mysterious as there are hidden reasons why Rebecca called Maxim's bluff about her pregnancy. Mystery surrounds the novel as a whole: The grandeur of Manderley; why Maxim married the narrator; why Maxim does not talk about his former wife Rebecca; the house itself with its prohibited wings; Mrs Danvers the housekeeper and why she hates the narrator; Jack, Rebecca's cousin and why his visit was to remain a secret; the events leading up to the confession by Maxim; The reasons why Rebecca faked her pregnancy; why she kept her cancer a secret; and why Manderley was obviously set on fire deliberately. ...read more.

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