Daphne Du Maurier´s Rebecca: A 1920s Rebel

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Born Unbound, Raised Imprisoned An Ivy League girl who has no daddy issues and a rich family is no better than any other woman because she has never taken her clothes off for money. A girl is no better than a woman who allows people to caress her, or escorts on the side based on her boundaries. Different things work for different people. Free a woman to live the life in which she is more than the way she looks, what she buys or what she has to sell, and she will amount beyond what society could have even imagined for her. Compromise for the sake of being accepted is insolent. Once the boundaries set by society are broken, society does everything within its power to contain the beasts again. Daphne Du Maurier felt the restraints 1920s …show more content…
Rebecca represents the non-conformist female character, who acknowledges societies limits on women. Although she cannot be justified having laid with her many lovers, she had made it clear that she did not want a traditional marriage and Maxim was hoping to change, even control her. Along with Rebecca cheating, Maxim was also fearful of her power at Manderley, as she stated “I’ll make it the most famous showplace in England,” which represents the male dominant society of the 1920s; being fearful of gender equality. Rebecca controlled the house, which removed masculinity from Maxim simultaneously threatening him. Sympathy must be shown for Rebecca, otherwise justice is not shown for women in general. She confronted society full on, maybe not in the most practical of ways, displaying rebellion. Daphne Du Maurier’s characterization of Rebecca indicates that 1920s society idealized a stance in which the only thing that can come of a powerful woman is destruction, and that’s not true. “What Rebecca is ultimately condemned for within the text is also what makes her appealing; her transgression of the categories of class, gender, and sexuality” (Harbord, 102). She maneuvers outside of the societal rules of the day. Daphne Du Maurier juxtaposes
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