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Why is Mrs. Danvers role throughout Rebecca so significant?

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In Rebecca, Mrs. Danvers is in some regards the voice of the missing Rebecca. Danvers adored and continues to adore Rebecca and feels that the new Mrs. de Winter is a usurper who has no legitimate right to a place at Manderley. Therefore, Mrs. Danvers is significant throughout Rebecca in that she keeps Rebecca alive and a palpable presence. She might also be considered symbolic of the true nature of Rebecca's character: if one so patently evil ("The face of an exulting devil") could so worship Rebecca, then the suggestion is early on planted that Rebecca must have been in truth horrible.

Mrs. Danvers is also important to the character development of Mrs. de Winter and to the development of the...

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