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The way an individual is seen and the impression that person makes upon others determines the way that person is treated If one has charisma and self confidence in ones own abilities those around unconsciously recognise this trait and are inclined to respond with respect In Daphne du Mauriers novel Rebecca the narrator Mrs de Winters lack of self confidence and assertion are responsible for the lack of respect she receives from others In comparison when a character such as Charlotte Brontes Jane Eyre has self confidence she earns the respect of both other characters and herself Mrs de Winter in Rebecca is a young woman who openly admits to herself and her readers that she is a martyr to her own inferiority complex she like a martyr is willing to sacrifice her very life to assure those around her that she is indeed not so impressive or important as others -or in her case- the late Rebeccap 141 Since her first arrival in her new home Manderley Mrs de Winter has become obsessed with its former mistress Rebecca who from beyond the grave destroys the narrators confidence and so influences her every thought and action The narrator has never resisted this behavioural pattern due to a lack of confidence in herself and the success of the marriage she has begun Since her days working as a companion for the socially parasitic Mrs van Hopper the narrator has allowed herself to be used by others and hating her errand but unwilling to refuse its execution she fulfilled it imposing upon the lives of others at the behest of her employer simply because she was unwilling to confront another more socially superior person and illuminate the intrusion to the lives of others p16 Instead Mrs de Winter complies aiding the infliction of misery onto others before sitting silent and attentive having insufficient security in her own opinions knowledge and conversational skills to contribute to the encounter
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