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Narrator’s Search for Identity in Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Proceedings of Research Papers Presented At The National Research Seminar In English On “Widening Canvas Of Literature” Held On 03rd And 04th December, 2015 

Sumit Sharma

M.Phil. Research Scholar

S.A.B.V.Govt. Arts and Commerce College

Affiliated to Devi AhilyaVishwavidyalaya Indore (M.P.) India

Abstract

Rebecca is a novel written by Daphne du Maurier who has often been compared to Charlotte Bronte, particularly for this novel. The issue of identity figures extensively throughout the novel as the protagonist, the heroine of the novel remains nameless through the course of the story. Her predicament begins when she acquires an identity of Mrs de Winter, being Maxim’s second wife. The identity of first wife Rebecca haunts her through everything that has her signature on it at Manderley, the family home of de Winters. She is reminded of it everyday. Her journey from a paid ‘friend of the bosom’ of Mrs Van Hopper to Mrs de Winters is swift, but once she is at Manderley it takes her husband to confess that he murdered Rebecca for the narrator to finally feel secure in the new identity. Yet, the narrator remains nameless and ambitionless, just comfortable in her husband’s skin. 

Key words:Identity, Femininity, Surrender, Lesbianism, Marriage, Gender Roles.

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