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Through various plot elements and filmic techniques in Alfred Hichcocks film Rebecca the final product is established as a fairytale This final product however must first be reached by Hichcocks use of entwining the alternative fairy tale of Rebecca with various other traditional fairy tales in which the viewer is positioned to mock and interpret in a desired fashion This fairytale element is just one of the sub-genres used to emphasize the gothic genre These traditional fairytales act as sub-plots throughout the course of the film acting in a way as a series of steps each leading a little closer to the end result and the way the audience is positioned towards the end result The first step that must be overcome for the plot to mature and the major characters to mature is a version of the Cinderella myth Fontaine is established as a child a simple girl protected by Mrs Van Hopper her ungrateful employer The audience however subconsciously associates Fontaine with Cinderella and Mrs Van Hopper with the evil stepmother Maxim her handsome prince rescues Fontaine they marry she receives a name Mrs De Winters exaggerating her solitude and her disability to exist without a man They the run off back to his castle Mandeley and they presumably live happily ever after This fairy tale is suitable for use in this film as the intended audience is for housewives in the 1940s who are generalized to wish this life for themselves and freely associate themselves with the Fontaine character This produces a sympathetic positioning towards the character and the overall effect of the film is much greater if the audience leaves wishing the story was in fact their reality This fairytale life is somewhat destroyed in the next scene where Fontaine the simple child arrives at her princes castle She is once again diminished to a trapped child and two new characters Rebecca and Mrs Danvers are established Mrs Danvers
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