What is the significance of the title, Rebecca?

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The titular character in Daphne du Maurier’s novel Rebecca died months before the story’s beginning. The novel carries her name, however, because Rebecca de Winter’s spirit dominates the narrative. Rebecca-the-deceased is not a living character in du Maurier’s story, but her memory and the apparently pernicious influence she wielded on those around her provides the novel’s element of suspense. With numerous tales of Rebecca’s interactions with those around her and one of the novel’s other main characters, Mrs. Danvers, obsessed with her memory, the character is the dominant personality throughout the novel.

Rebecca is about the marriage between a young, lower-income woman who serves as...

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