Posts Tagged ‘Rebecca’
Rebecca in 5 Bites
1. If you think about opening a story with a dream, think again. Daphne du Maurier’s opening of Rebecca has it down to perfection. Mrs de Winter the second’s dream of Manderley combines the surrealism of the dreamscape with a carefully crafted sensory exploration of the wild encroaching on civilisation. The descriptions of the garden ...
Jane Eyre in 5 bites
Why read Jane Eyre? 1. For Jane herself – a rebellious woman From the opening of Charlotte Bronte’s famous novel, we’re batting for Jane. We first see her, an outsider to the group of ‘contented, happy little children’ grouped winningly around their mamma, sounding like a Victorian family portrait exuding virtue – Jane, the ...
Books in 5 Bites – a series on books you should read and the reasons why.
What are the hallmarks of gothic fiction? 1. Ghosts and grief 2. Horror and hauntings 3. Portents and powerlessness 4. Real estate and remorse 5. Secrets and sexual awakening Gothic fiction offers both readers and writers a chance to dig into the subconsciousness, to revel in symbolism and venture into the darker side of the ...