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In Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier the narrators perception of self changes over the course of the romance novel This can be observed by scrutinizing her perception of self at the beginning of the novel soon after she arrives at Manderly the famous mansion where her new husband Maxim DeWinter lives and after she hears Maxims revelation he killed his first wife Rebecca because he thought she would have a son who would not be his yet still be the heir of Manderly Initially the narrator sees herself as very inferior to the upper class society of whom she mingles as a companion to Mrs Van Hopper I know he Maxim did not want to eat lunch with me It was his for of courtesy She also perceives herself as a child someone much too young to understand what to do in certain situations She shows that she is a rather naive young lady I felt the colour flood into my face I was too young that was the trouble Had I been older I would have caught his eye and smiled but as it was I was stricken into shame and endured one of the frequent agonies of youth She is tormented by her youth and lack of confidence within herself It was a situation for which I was ill-trained I wished I was older different Her lack of confidence in herself shows greatly when she first arrives at Manderly too At Manderly she constantly frets over what everyone thinks of her especially the house hold servants and Mrs Danvers the head of the staff whom she thinks is constantly comparing her to Rebecca and as result compares herself to Rebecca as well I realise everyday that things I lack confidence grace beauty intelligence wit she Rebecca possessed The narrator cannot stop feeling inferior to Rebecca She is painfully aware her social skills are not as good as Rebeccas were She also
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