Daphne Du Maurier's "The Birds" and the Domestic Sphere

The purpose of this archive is to examine how "The Birds" by Daphne Du Maurier comments on traditional domestic ideals. This through an examination of the text and the characterizations of Nat and his wife. The archive also briefly looks at the reltionship between technology and nature, as well as briefly comparing the comments that Du Maurier makes on domesticity in the "The Birds," to the ideas of domesticity that are presented in the film The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock. This fucntions to show the more radical critiques of the domestic sphere made by Du Maurier, compared to the appectance of domestic traditons that the movie presents. This archive includes the cover created by me, a journal review of "The Birds," stills from the movie The Birds, as well as using scholary sources on the topic of technology vs. nature, and the analysis of Du Maurier's wiriting on family Gothic Literature. All of these are used to demonstrate how Du Maurier rejects the traditonal domestic ideals.


Colin Sweeney