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Texts show us how experience often changes people Rebecca a novel written by Daphne Du Maurier illustrates this point Throughout the engrossing story the characters experience much and as a result the characters undergo both temporary and life-altering changes to their thoughts beliefs and behaviour In the beginning of the novel the narrator is the insecure shy and inexperienced paid companion of Mrs Van Hopper However when she marries Maxim De Winter her life totally changes She enters a new and unknown world as she becomes part of the elite class of society She also has to cope with the many responsibilities and expectations imposed on her as the wife of the famous Maxim De Winter This experience changes her into a worldly more confident woman but however this is a gradual development For example early in the novel the narrator has unrealistic romantic fantasies of her and Maxim However after Maxims blas marriage proposal the reality of the situation begins to dawn on her And he went on eating his marmalade as though everything were natural In books men knelt to women and it was moonlight Not at breakfast not like this Here Mrs De Winter changes with this experience Her ideas of love which are based on works of fiction are quashed when her romantic expectations remain unfulfilled Although her unblemished perception of love begins to crumble in this instance later it is rebuilt by the love that she and Maxim share On the other hand Maxims experience with the narrator is somewhat different In the beginning of the novel he seeks no romantic involvement but seeks companionship The experience of close communication with another human being after his self-imposed isolation after Rebeccas death changes Maxim When Maxim takes the narrator for a drive in his car he tells her of Manderley the sun setting and
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