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Sargassomeer

Author : Jean Rhys
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Sargasso Meer

Author : Jean Rhys
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Wide Sargasso Sea

Author : Jean Rhys
ISBN : 0241951550
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'There is no looking glass here and I don't know what I am like now . . . Now they have taken everything away. What am I doing in this place and who am I?' If Antoinette Cosway, a spirited Creole heiress, could have foreseen the terrible future that awaited her, she would not have married the young Englishman. Initially drawn to her beauty and sensuality, he becomes increasingly frustrated by his inability to reach into her soul. He forces Antoinette to conform to his rigid Victorian ideals, unaware that in taking away her identity he is destroying a part of himself as well as pushing her towards madness. Set against the lush backdrop of 1830s Jamaica, Jean Rhys's powerful, haunting masterpiece was inspired by her fascination with the first Mrs Rochester, the mad wife in Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre. 'Brilliant. A tale of dislocation and dispossession, which Rhys writes with a kind of romantic cynicism, desperate and pungent' The Times
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Wide Sargasso Sea By Jean Rhys As A Postcolonial Response To Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte

Author : Malgorzata Swietlik
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Seminar paper from the year 2008 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,00, University of Koblenz-Landau (Anglistik), course: Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures, language: English, abstract: Wide Sargasso Sea is one of the best-known literary postcolonial replies to the writing of Charlotte Bronte and a brilliant deconstruction of what is known as the author's "worlding" in Jane Eyre. The novel written by Jean Rhys tells the story of Jane Eyre's protagonist, Edward Rochester. The plot takes place in West Indies where Rochester met his first wife, Bertha Antoinette Mason. Wide Sargasso Sea influences the common reading and understanding of the matrix novel, as it rewrites crucial parts of Jane Eyre. The heroine in Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea, Antoinette Cosway, is created out of demonic and bestialic Bertha Mason from Jane Eyre. Rhys's great achievement in her re-writing of the Bronte's text is her creation of a double to the madwoman from Jane Eyre. The heroine of Wide Sargasso Sea, the beautiful Antoinette Cosway, heiress of the post-emancipation fortune is created out of the demonc and bestialic Bertha Mason. The author transforms the first Mrs Rochester into an individual figure whose madness is caused by imperialistic and patriarchal oppression The vision of Bertha/Antoinette as an insane offspring from a family plagued by madness is no longer plausible to the reader. In this essay I would like to focus the factors which led to the madness of the protagonist. Although Bertha Mason and Jane Eyre seem to be enemies and contradictory characters in the Victorian novel, many critics find several similarities between the two heroines, their life and finally between Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea. Seeing Jane Eyre and Antoinette Cosway as sisters and doubles is very popular with some critics who dealt with the works of Charlotte Bronte and Jean Rhys. Nevertheless, I would like to focus in this essay on Gayatri Chakravort
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Rochester And Bertha In Jane Eyre And Wide Sargasso Sea An Impossible Match

Author : Laura Deneke
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Seminar paper from the year 2005 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1.0, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, course: The Victorian Afterlife, 12 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Bertha Mason in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre is a character without history or personality. She is depicted as a mere beast, bent on destroying her husband. The reader knows -and dreads- her from both Jane's and Rochester's perspective. Rochester claims that Bertha's lunacy was the sole trigger for the disaster that followed, but the narration reveals hints that suggest other factors may have contributed to the destruction of their marriage. Jean Rhys proposed a past for Bertha and her husband. Her novel Wide Sargasso Sea creates a life for Bertha, on the background of which her madness is neither surprising nor inevitable. Whereas there is no doubt that she does become insane at the end of Rhys's novel, the reason for this is not her evil nature but a destructive relationship along with her transportation away from everything she ever knew into the cold of England. Wide Sargasso Sea is more than a prequel to a famous Victorian novel. It speaks out not only for Bertha but for all the other West Indian women who found themselves in similar situations.
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Jean Rhys Wide Sargasso Sea Madness The Link Between Bertha And Antoinette

Author : Kristin Unger
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Jean Rhys’ novel Wide Sargasso Sea explores the life of Bertha Mason (known here as Antoinette Cosway), a character taken from Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. In the 1830s, Antoinette is born as a white Creole girl into the repressive and colonialist society of Jamaica. After a lonely and sad childhood, Antoinette is married to the Englishman Rochester; subsequently, her journey towards madness begins. Wide Sargasso Sea can be seen as a prequel to Jane Eyre and thus, both novels belong inseparably together. Many critics argue that the two novels stand by themselves and that Wide Sargasso Sea cannot be regarded as a prequel to Jane Eyre. I, however, argue that both novels do belong together because Wide Sargasso Sea features a great deal of similarities to Jane Eyre, e.g. the character Rochester, the character Grace Pool, or the reference to Bertha Mason. In the postcolonial discourse, Wide Sargasso Sea can also be regarded as an ‘answer’ or a ‘writing back’ to Jane Eyre. In addition, Jean Rhys herself once pointed out why she felt that it was necessary to write a novel about the life of Bertha Mason, which is going hand in hand with my statement that the two novels belong together: When I read Jane Eyre as a child, I thought, why should she think Creole women are lunatics and all that? What a shame to make Rochester’s first wife, Bertha, the awful madwoman, and I immediately thought I’d write the story as it might really have been. She seemed such a poor ghost. I thought I’d try to write her a life. Rhys perceived Bertha as a ‘poor ghost’ and not as a real character. In Rhys’ view Bertha deserved to have a life, a novel which explains her behavior in Jane Eyre and gives her a voice. In contrast to Jane Eyre’s Bertha, who only could express herself through, for instance, “strange laughter,” Antoinette in Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea has a strong voice expressing her female Creole identity. Thus, she elucidates her ‘condition’ from a different point of view. Rhys deals with various themes in her novel one of which is madness.
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The Portrayal Of Antoinette In Wide Sargasso Sea And Bertha Mason In Jane Eyre As A Liminal Persona

Author : Inbisat Shuja
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Essay from the year 2017 in the subject English - Literature, Works, grade: A, , course: Caribbean Literature, language: English, abstract: This paper analyses the liminal existence of Antoinette in Jean Rhys’ "Wide Sargasso Sea" and Bertha Mason in Charlotte Bronte’s "Jane Eyre". The paper analyses the condition of the characters, especially the creole heiress in both of these novels, under the light of Victor Turner’s theory of Liminality. In doing so, it aims to highlight the importance of a sense of belonging and a foothold in shaping a person’s identity and sanity.
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Wide Sargasso Sea

Author : Jean Rhys
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The story of the first Mrs Rochester, the mad wife in Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre.
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Through The Looking Glass

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Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea addresses such issues as desire, hatred, death, and violence. These themes are echoed subtly in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, but without Rhys's text, one might miss these significant undertones. In this way, Jane Eyre is a reflection of Wide Sargasso Sea. Traditionally, critics maintain that Rhys's novel revises Bronte's text. Due to current critical fascination with postcolonial literature, however, modern readers often read classical texts as the sequels of their post-colonial interpretations, and frame their readings in a postcolonial context. These analyses are a result of more than the sequence of a particular reading experience. The value of reading Wide Sargasso Sea as the primary text and Jane Eyre as the reflecting image is this: Rhys's narrative draws attention to resonances of Wide Sargasso Sea in Jane Eyre that might otherwise go unnoticed. As a result, doubts emerge regarding the success of Jane's narration, and why it must fail.
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