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Wide Sargasso Sea

The title Wide Sargasso Sea points from the start to the importance of geography to this novel. The Sargasso Sea is a portion of the Atlantic Ocean near the West Indies that extends out into the...

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In telling the backstory of Bertha, Charlotte Brontë's “madwoman in the attic” from Jane Eyre, Jean Rhys wants to set the record straight. Instead of just writing her off as a lunatic, she...

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Slavery and entrapment are themes woven throughout this novel and exist in a complex relationship to one another. Rhys makes the point that the trauma of slavery does not end with the Jamaican...

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The two texts are related through the central character of Mrs. Rochester, who appears in Bronte's original Jane Eyre as a maddened character who is locked up by her husband in the attic of...

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Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys is generally considered to be a prequel to Jane Eyre. Though the primary characters in this novel also appear in Charlotte Bronte's work, Rhys does take some...

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Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea is a postcolonial novel that considers the relationship between race, sexuality, and identity through imperialistic and patriarchal oppression. In Part Two of the...

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The word dissertation is generally equated with the formal written work of significant depth and length which students must submit in order to graduate with an advanced degree. The topic for this...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2014 1:14 am UTC

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There are three parts to Jean Rhys' novel Wide Sargasso Sea, and each part takes place in a different setting. Part I recounts the childhood and young adulthood of the central character,...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2009 8:40 am UTC

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In Wild Sargasso Sea, Antoinette’s maid Christophine Dubois is presented as a bright, wise woman. She is from Martinique and was very young when she came to work for Antoinette. From the very...

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The word polyglossia is a Greek word referring to the use and understanding of many languages. The Greek prefix poly- means "many," while the root word glossa means "tongue"; therefore, the literal...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2014 6:37 am UTC

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Jean Rhy’s Wide Sargasso Sea is a narrative prequel to Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre through the eyes of the racially ambiguous Antoinette. A postcolonial work, Wide Sargasso Sea explores the...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2016 10:23 pm UTC

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Except for one chapter, Wide Sargasso Sea has two narrators, Antoinette and Edward Rochester, thus creating a duality of antagonist and protagonist. In Parts I and III, with Antoinette as the...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2014 1:34 pm UTC

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This is a rather complicated question. Briefly, Rhys sees marriage thruogh the lens of colonialism, casting the marriage contract as a colonial encounter. However, the problem of displacement and a...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2007 10:03 am UTC

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Having evolved from Freudian psychonalysis. gynocriticism is a female criticism that involves the female identity, free from patriarchy and masculine definitions and opposition. Both recognition of...

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There are a few instances of Creole words in the novel, such as when Christophine, Antoinette's nurse, uses the word "beke" for white people. She says, If béké say it foolishness, then it...

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The identities that Rochester and Antoinette display are forged from the harsh and cold reality of the world that surrounds them. The world in which both live do not provide any nurturing elements....

Latest answer posted April 18, 2014 1:13 pm UTC

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Wide Sargasso Sea is most often put into the genre of the postcolonial novel. Postcolonial literature tells a story from the point of view of the subaltern or oppressed other, usually the person or...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2019 12:14 pm UTC

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Antoinette is upset when Rochester begins to call her Bertha. This new name comes after Rochester receives a very damaging letter from Daniel Cosway, who wants to hurt Antoinette. In the letter,...

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Any summation will distort the nuance of a novel, but yes, I would agree that this statement is an accurate summation of how and why Antoinette is driven mad. In this novel, Rochester is presented...

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There are a number of conflicts in the story that serve to heighten the drama. In terms of external conflict, we have the marital strife between Antoinette and Mr. Rochester. Marriage is...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2019 10:06 am UTC

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Jane Eyre tackles prejudice and elitism within British society, but the madwoman in the attic (Bertha) is something of an enigma. Rochester can see beyond Jane's poverty, and finds culture in Jane...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2007 2:25 pm UTC

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I think there is definitely a sense in which this novel deals with failures in relationships. Of course, centrally, the novel deals with inter-racial relationships and the various failures that...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2011 12:55 am UTC

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That criticism has existed since Wide Sargasso Sea was published in 1966. Many critics of the time said that it could not stand alone, and that it had to be read with Jane Eyre to make complete...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2007 1:04 am UTC

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If we think of Rochester as the symbol of colonial power and Antoinette as the symbol of the colonized Native, we can understand the post-colonial paradigm of what happens to Indigenous cultural...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2020 2:54 pm UTC

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Yes, an author might argue several points in a piece of literature. In Wide Sargasso Sea Rhys makes three related arguments: colonial relationships are informed by a power structure that oppresses...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2007 3:13 am UTC

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I actually think any good character will be flawed and most are, perfection becomes boring very quickly. All the characters in Wide Sargasso Sea have flaws, some are more pronounced than others,...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2007 6:57 pm UTC

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In Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, Rochester wakes up believing that he has been poisoned by his new young wife, Antoinette. Amelie, earlier introduced as Antoinette’s “half-caste” servant girl,...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2020 12:41 am UTC

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on the author's writing style In her "Madwoman as the Imprisoned Other," Marja-Liisa Heleniius of the University of Helsinki writes that Rhys celebrates the female emotionality as a strength, but...

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I'll be honest. I never heard of the terms "broad" and "narrow" intertextuality. I googled it and got the definitions you have in reference to Kristeva and Barthes. Clearly, the entire novel is...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2010 9:00 am UTC

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The obvious example of intentional intertextuality in Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea is the re-creation of Bronte's character Bertha Mason from Jane Eyre. In Wide Sargasso Sea, Antoinette Cosway...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2010 2:17 am UTC

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Everything about Wide Sargasso Sea suggests a struggle between two opposing forces, and it is a struggle the author, Jean Rhys, understood in her own life. Her father was a Welsh doctor and her...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2013 8:40 am UTC

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In Jane Eyre, we become aware of the identity of the "madwoman in the attic," Bertha Mason, only when Jane does. We see her only through Jane and Rochester's eyes. For Jane, she is the obstructing...

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Daniel Cosway (the illigitimate son of Alexander Cosway) illustrates several different ways in which racial identitites in the Carribean (specifically within the Cosway family) are unstable and...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2016 9:48 am UTC

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"Form" is a catch-all term for the elements that comprise a work's structure—the basic order of events (in a narrative text), the use of chapters (or other structuring devices), the conventions...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2018 2:04 am UTC

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Antoinette is the protagonist and primary narrator of Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, and her life is both tragic and complicated. She and her family are white and live on a plantation called...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2014 9:59 pm UTC

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Antoinette gradually loses her identity and forgets who she is after she marries Rochester. She craves his love and also very much desires peace, but Rochester does not really love her and so...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2019 2:40 pm UTC

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Intertexuality is the relationship between texts. Wide Sargasso Sea, as a prequel to Jane Eyre, is intimately tied to that earlier novel. It has interest to readers and prominence as a text largely...

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One of the strongest parallels that Jean Rhys draws relates to the mental health issues that Antoinette and her mother Annette experience. Both women are unable to cope with their difficult...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2019 4:22 am UTC

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The setting of Jean Rhys’s novel Wide Sargasso Sea is meaningful: moving from warm Jamaica to Dominica to, finally, cold England, it mimics the fate of its heroine, Antoinette. Although the novel...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2019 4:31 am UTC

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