In the hands of a master like Daphne Du Maurier, the term “thriller” is more than just a marketing gimmick. It’s an engaging, darkly comic tale of revenge and power struggling in an isolated location. The suspenseful story follows the last days of aristocratic widow Sarah Woodruff and her new caregiver, Florence Benson, as they are forced to make what they believe will be their final journey to Scotland.
What is the plot of the story ?
The plot is introduced in the first sentence of the novel and goes through five full chapters, each of which follows a different day with special emphasis on a single moment. Sarah Woodruff (the protagonist) is the daughter of an earl and is trained to be a singer and dancer. She has just returned to her home after having surgery to remove a benign tumor on her vocal cords, which had caused her voice to weaken.
Who is in the cast ? What role did each character portray ?
The cast include Alice Krige , Kota Eberhardt , Jane Seymour and a young Clive Owen . Alice Krige portrayed the role of Sarah Woodruff, the main character of the novel. She has a mysterious past and is convinced that she is being followed. She is a powerful businesswoman and also possesses the knowledge of witchcraft. Kota Eberhardt portrayed the role of Florence Benson, the new caregiver for Sarah Woodruff’s son. She was recently released from prison after having been in jail for ten years for murder. She was hired as a nurse to assist Sarah Woodruff with her medical care. Her character has a dark past and most of the story revolves around her past, showing how she struggles to forgive those who wronged her and how she finds redemption later in life.
What are the difficulties they face ?
The main difficulty that Sarah Woodruff and Florence Benson face is that, in their attempt to move to Scotland, they will have to meet the family of Sarah’s late husband. In fact, the plot goes through many twists and turns just to bring Florence Benson and Sarah Woodruff to the house of Sarah’s late husband in Scotland. The theme of self-control is portrayed in many different situations. One of the main motifs that is analyzed throughout the book is that of love and self-control. Du Maurier shows how a person’s love for another and their ability to control themselves has an effect on the very life of another and can be seen as a message for all humans in this world.
Who is the antagonist ?What are its motives ?
The antagonist of the book is James Forbes, who is married to Sarah Woodruff’s late husband’s daughter. He is the one who does not want Sarah Woodruff and Florence Benson to go to Scotland. His motives are that he fears what will happen if Sarah Woodruff will go back to her old property in Scotland, but his wife and mother-in-law have different plans. They want the house of their late son burned to ashes so that they can receive a big insurance payment from the bank.
What are the epic scenes ?
The most important scene in the novel is when Florence Benson, the new caregiver, sees Sarah Woodruff’s son for the first time. He has a scar on his neck that is shaped like a cross. There is also a scene when Sarah Woodruff goes to see James Forbes and he has just received news that another of his properties has been destroyed in a fire. The story closes with him deciding to burn down all of his fifteen properties and he burns down three of them while they are being occupied by Florence Benson and Sarah Woodruff’s son.
Who is the most loved character ?
The most loved character in the novel is Florence Benson. The reason behind this is that she has been in a very difficult situation and has had to fight to achieve what she wanted. She was a victim of domestic abuse by her husband and did not feel that she deserved happiness. She managed to improve her life by getting herself back on track and get rid of the negative influence of her past.
Would you recommend watching this ?
I would recommend watching this to people who love horror and thrillers. This is a very good book that captures the reader’s attention from the beginning until the end. I believe it is suitable for people of all ages and it could be used for class or group discussions. Thanks for reading !
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