'Rebbecca' written by Daphne Du Maurier

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Texts show us how experience often changes people. 'Rebecca', a novel written by

Daphne Du Maurier illustrates this point. Throughout the engrossing story, the characters

experience much and as a result, the characters undergo both temporary and life-altering

changes to their thoughts, beliefs and behaviour.

In the beginning of the novel, the narrator is the insecure, shy and inexperienced

paid companion of Mrs. Van Hopper. However, when she marries Maxim De Winter her

life totally changes. She enters a new and unknown world as she becomes part of the elite

class of society. She also has to cope with the many responsibilities and expectations

imposed on her as the wife of the famous Maxim De Winter. This experience changes

her into a worldly, more confident woman, but however this is a gradual development.

For example, early in the novel, the narrator has unrealistic romantic fantasies of her and

Maxim. However, after Maxim's blasé marriage proposal the reality of the situation

begins to dawn on her :

'And he went on eating his marmalade as though everything were natural. In

books men knelt to women, and it was moonlight. Not at breakfast, not like this.'

Here Mrs. De Winter changes with this experience. Her ideas of love which are

based on works of fiction, are quashed when her romantic expectations remain

unfulfilled. Although her unblemished perception of love begins to crumble in this

instance, later it is rebuilt by the love that she and Maxim share.

On the other hand, Maxim's experience with the narrator is somewhat different.

In the beginning of the novel, he seeks no romantic involvement but seeks

companionship. The experience of close communication with another human being, after

his self-imposed isolation after Rebecca's death, changes Maxim. When Maxim takes the

narrator for a drive...