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What is the Importance of the setting in Rebecca?

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With the exception of the opening chapters in Monte Carlo, Rebecca takes place at the country estate of Manderley. The fact that Manderley is built by the sea-side is a very important factor in the book of 'Rebecca' because Max de Winters late wife Rebecca drowned in the bay near Manderley so if there was no sea-side, then that would have changed everything. In the introduction of the book, author Sally Beauman explains that the setting of Rebecca was of personal importance to Daphne du Maurier as she was desperately homesick and longing for her home by the sea in Cornwall so she wrote a book about that type of place to 'ease the pain'. Also, Manderleys minutely detailed setting is clearly that of an actual house, Menabilly. ...read more.

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Also, Rebecca was set in the 1930's which was when it was written and first published. The importance of this is the way the characters are described to us as the reader, the way they are dressed, they way they are treated as individuals and how they pass the time. For example page 74 line 20 states 'Someone advanced from the sea of faces, someone tall and gaunt, dressed in deep black, whose prominent cheek bones and great hollow eyes gave her a skulls face, parchment white, set on a skeletons frame.'. When you read this, you immediately believe that she is from many years ago. This is because of time frame it was set in and because of how they were back then. In this book, it is really easy to see the places inside your head through the characters eyes. ...read more.

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As Rebecca is mainly set in one place, it is important to know your way around it in your head otherwise you will get very confused. Daphne Du Maurier builds up the importance to the house, which becomes almost a character in its own right. The mansion's rooms provide clues to Rebecca's character. There seems to be an invisible scar around the house attached to the death of Maxim De Winters first late wife Rebecca. It doesn't help that Mrs Danvers is making the ambiance of the house stiff because of the fact that she liked Rebecca so much. 'Why should she resent me?' 'I thought you knew, I though Maxim would have told you. She simply adored Rebecca.' In my opinion, the setting in Rebecca has a very important part to play because without the setting in a book, the characters can't really come alive. ?? ?? ?? ?? What is the Importance of the setting in Rebecca? Alice Douglas 9c ...read more.

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