Rebecca tells the story of a second wife trying to overcome obstacles
Friday, 27 May 2011
Rebecca is a novel that has been adapted into several film versions. However, its central theme of a young second wife trying to overcome the shadow of her husband's deceased wife is inspirational due to the heroine's bravery and goodness. Dahn yoga lovers may find this old story, published in 1938, surprisingly interesting. People interested in self healing may also have some things to learn from this dramatic tale with a happy ending.
Daphne du Maurier, the author of the story, chose to keep the book's main character and narrator nameless. She is simply known as the second Mrs. de Winter. The narrator married Maxim de Winter, a rich Englishman, and moves with him to Manderley. Despite being very in love, she is haunted by the memory and death of Rebecca – the first wife who was, by all accounts, beautiful and perfect. Even the housekeeper is fiercely protective of Rebecca's memory and feels that no one can ever replace her.
The second Mrs. de Winter must overcome her own insecurities and shyness in order to hold her own in a house that feels like it belongs to someone else, and keep her wits about her if she is the discovery the truth behind Rebecca's death and who this mysterious first wife really was. This novel – and its later movie versions – is an inspiration for all those who feel like they are an underdog living in the shadows of someone else.