Don't Look Now Essay

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Sanderson holds a master of fine arts degree in fiction writing and is an independent writer. In this essay, Sanderson examines how a community of women is created in Daphne du Maurier's novella.

Daphne du Maurier's short story, or novella, "Don't Look Now" is a tale of the supernatural, full of mysterious premonitions, blind soothsayers, and messages from the next life. Critics refer to it as a fine example of contemporary romantic horror writing, and the film made from the story sent chills up the spines of many moviegoers in the 1970s.

But this story also looks at men's and women's relationships with each other. Nina Auerbach, writing about du Maurier in the book British Writers, notes that the author has developed an "emphasis on the animosity between the husband and the wife." Against John's sarcasm, disbelief, and fear, the primary female characters in the story—who...

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