REBECCA CHAPTER 27 Essay, Research Paper
Main Characters: Colonel Julyan, Favell , Maxim, Mrs. De Winters, Mrs. Danvers
Setting: A car, a gas station, a restaurant
Plot: The chapter opens with Julyan, Favell, and Maxim. They all seem to be in shock about Rabecca’sdiagnosis. The diagnosis was terminal and only gave Rebecca a few months to live. This was a clearmotive for Rebecca to commit suicide. maxim, colonel julyan, and Mrs. De Winters all get in the car anddrive off. They drop off Colonel Julyan at his sisters house. the colonel invites Mr. and Mrs. De Wintersto stay over night and dine, they kindly decline his offer and prefer to eat at a pub on the way toManderley. During dinner Maxim told Mrs. De Winters that he felt that Rebecca’s suicide was her lastjoke. After dinner Mrs. De Winters suggested that they stay in a hotel for the night. Maxim insisted thatthey go back to Manderley because he had an eerie feeling. Maxim rolled Mrs. De Winters in a rug so shecould be warm and comfortable. On the way home Mrs. De Winters has a dream. It is about Mrs.Danvers. She was on top of the stair case inManderley and she was all dressed in black. Mrs. De Winters tired to go to her but she vanished. Theystop at a garage to get something to drink and continue on their way. Mrs. De Winters has anotherdream, she sees Frith and Robert brining tea to the library. Then she has another dream about hersending out invitations. Mrs. De Winters has written them all in a big black pen, but when she looksdown her handwriting is not hers. She looks up into a mirror and sees Rebecca. Maxim comes up behindMrs. De Winters to brush her hair and the brush turns into a long rope. Maxim puts it around his neckand looks into the mirror at Rebecca’s image and smiles. Mrs. De winters awakes screaming. She wasvery nervous and shivering. Then Maxim and Mrs. De Winters see a glow in the horizon and she asks ifits the sun rising, but he replies, “That’s not the northern lights, that’s Manderley.”
Conflicts: Internal- Mrs. De Winter External- Mrs. Danvers ( she can’t believe Rebecca committed suicide and doesn’t wantMaxim and Mrs. De Winters living the Manderley happily ever after so she burns the house.)
Imagery: “He drove faster, much faster. We stopped at the hill before us and saw Lanyon lying at ourfeet. Their to the left of us was a silver streak of the river, Widening to the estuary at Kerryith 6 milesaway. The road to Manderley lay ahead. There was no moon. The sky above our heads was inky black.But the sky on the horizon was not dark at all. It was shocked with crimson, like a splash of blood. Andthe ashes blew towards us with the salt from the sea. ”
Symbolism- Mrs. Danvers standing in a black dress on the staircase, symbolized the end of Manderley.