Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” This is quite possibly one of the most famous opening lines of a book. How do these words set the tone for the rest of the story?
Were you satisfied with the ending? Did you have closure? Did you have to go back and re-read the beginning?
How would you classify this novel? Love story? Ghost story? Tragedy? Murder mystery? Some have called “Rebecca” one of the greatest gothic romances of all time. Do you agree?
I would classify this story as tragedy. I guess metaphorically it could be a ghost story since dead-Rebecca has to go and haunt everything what with her memories and all. However, there never is anything paranormal which occurs. I mean, yes you have freaky Danvers and the kissing cousins, buuuut there’s nothing to me that screams ghost-ghost-ghost. I see this story as tragic because you have a girl basically my age who gets saddled in a relationship with a man my dad’s age. She doesn’t know what the hell she wants, and then AGH GARG GASP she finds out her lover is a murderer and is okay with that. I mean, are you going to be okay with it when he kills you too? I am pretty sure I would not want to piss Maxim off. I guess it’s a good thing DW2 isn’t too wanton, otherwise she’d probs be axed. I see a lot of false hopes in this novel, and to me false hopes are what I consider to be tragic.