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ALFRED HITCHCOCK. Alfred Hitchcock’s Seven-Minute Editing Master Class. Alfred Hitchcock - Biography on Bio. Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born on 13 August 1899 in Leytonstone, London to greengrocer William Hitchcock and his wife Emma.

Alfred Hitchcock - Biography on Bio.

He was raised a strict catholic and was educated at Saint Ignatius College, which was run by Jesuits. His first job outside of his father's business was as an estimator for the Henley Telegraph and Cable Company, which he started in 1915. This was the age at which his love for films developed as he went to the cinema in his spare time. Hitchcock entered the world of film as soon as he finished university. He started as a draftsman for a film studio, which was built in London in 1920, and quickly worked his way up to scriptwriter, then art director and assistant director, until his debut film as a director in 1925. He had previously had experience of directing when he was asked to complete the 1923 film 'Always Tell Your Wife' after the original director fell ill. Hitchcock's success earned him both followers and critics. Rebecca Themes. Jealousy The narrator’s jealousy of Rebecca permeates the majority of the novel.

Rebecca Themes

Because of her youth and insecurity, the narrator is unable to understand why Maxim chooses to marry her. As she learns more and more about Rebecca, she begins to compare herself to Maxim’s first wife, who seemed to be far more beautiful, elegant, and sophisticated than she could ever hope to be. The narrator’s preoccupation with Rebecca develops to the point that she concludes that Maxim is still in love with her. With this revelation, the conflict between the narrator and the memory of Rebecca becomes a competition for Maxim’s love. Escaping the past One of the main conflicts of Rebecca revolves around Maxim and the narrator’s efforts to escape the past.

Good versus evil Du Maurier plays with the dichotomy between good and evil in the way that she presents the main characters. Love vs. hate Love and hate serve as crucial motivational tools for the primary characters in Rebecca. Identity Gothic fiction. Encyclopedia of Gothic Literature - Mary Ellen Snodgrass - Google Books. Rebecca: Summary. Rebecca's narrative takes the form of a flashback.

Rebecca: Summary

The heroine, who remains nameless, lives in Europe with her husband, Maxim de Winter, traveling from hotel to hotel, harboring memories of a beautiful home called Manderley, which, we learn, has been destroyed by fire. The story begins with her memories of how she and Maxim first met, in Monte Carlo, years before. In her flashback, the heroine is working as the young traveling companion to a wealthy American named Mrs. Van Hopper. In her flashback, Maxim is staying at the same hotel as the heroine and her employer, and after knowing the heroine for only a few weeks, he proposes marriage.

Manderley traditionally hosts a costume ball each year, and it is soon time for the gala to take place. This revelation restores the heroine's marriage, and enables her to finally shake off the burden of Rebecca's ghost. Encyclopedia of Gothic Literature - Mary Ellen Snodgrass - Google Books. Alfred Hitchcock - Biography on Bio.