Rebecca by Du Maurier, what's the mood, what elements from the text show this & how does it affect the story?

I read the book but i had a really hard time understanding it..... [[a really hard time]] and i need to know for a big essay for school. Please help me i need to get a good grade!!!!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Well remember that Mrs. de Winter (er, the new wife...she never is given a name) thinks that Max is still in love with Rebecca and that he is still devastated by her death, but in reality he killed her and lives with the haunting secret. She haunts him because he know the secret is going to come out and everyone will know and his new marriage will be ruined (thus why he never really treats her like a wife...until that one scene where he kisses her with lots of passion). Rebecca is a gothic romance, Daphne du Maurier was the queen of that genre in her time. The first line is a big mood setter 'Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.' The very first page sets the mood...it gives it this dark overshadow. You know it's not one of those fuzzy romances but something dark and sinister is lurking in its pages. You read it waiting for it to get you, for it to grasp you.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

    Summary

    Rebecca's narrative takes the form of a flashback. The heroine, who remains nameless, lives in Europe with her husband, Maxim de Winter, traveling from hotel to hotel, harboring memories of a beautiful home called Manderley, which, we learn, has been destroyed by fire. The story begins with her memories of how she and Maxim first met, in Monte Carlo, years before. More…..

    http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/rebecca/summary.html

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