Wide Sargasso Sea was written as a metatextual reference to Jane Eyre, through the perspective of Antoinette Cosway, before her psychological dissent within the attic in Jane Eyre. Initially upon reading Wide Sargasso Sea, not being versed in Jane Eyre, it was taken as a tale of imperialism, and the struggle of wealth and class despite the ending of slavery. These struggles still exist, however in different context. If you examine the work through a feminist lense, you see that...
Emily Jane Bronte and Jean Rhys were born in a age that people depreciated woman and they have bias that woman cannot write a good novel, but they broke the bias by their famous article. Wuthering Heights and Wide Sargasso Sea were write by Emily Jane Bronte and Jean Rhys, they used exquisite writing to describe the characters’ activity in order to show character’s emotion and attract readers. They created a lot of influential characters, and their articles reflect the...
Both Ibsen and Rhys portray women living under the suppression of their husbands to the point where they start questioning their true identities. At the end of the play in ‘A Doll’s House’ Nora decides to abandon her husband and children in order to be free from her marital life marked by the domination of her husband. Contrastingly in ‘Wide Sargasso Sea’, Antoinette who is a Creole woman, struggles in finding her own national identity and she is driven to...
You are able to read Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea on their own without being aware of their connections. However, some readers may see this as Wide Sargasso Sea losing some of its meaning since the book is seen as Rhys’ portrayal of Bertha being normal rather than the mad woman she is conveyed as in Jane Eyre. ‘When I read Jane Eyre as a child, I thought, why should she think Creole women are lunatics and all that?...
In this paper, I will explore the complexities in identity and its effects on the characters in Jean Rhy’s Wide Sargasso Sea, J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus using the lens of postcolonial approach. The concept of identity is complex and different meanings of it are evident to offer good starting points for a research of the concept of identity. Here is the most relevant entry for identity in the Oxford English Dictionary, “the fact of being...
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Jane Rhys wrote the post-colonial novel Wide Sargasso Sea, as a revision of the classic Victorian novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. The different eras of the two novels raised many critical questions regards the effect of colonialism on Wide Sargasso Sea. In her article ‘Three Women’s Texts and a Critique of Imperialism,’ Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, claims that Jane Rhys’s novel did not only support imperialism ideologies but justified women’s oppression too. This essay will analyze the points Spivak raises...
The presentation of relationships and marriage is a significant concept within literature and society. The writers of the texts; ‘Wide Sargasso Sea’ and ‘The World’s Wife’, investigate the male centric ideal that was upheld and strengthened by a social structure, wherein women had minimal political or financial force. They were financially, socially, and mentally reliant on men, particularly on the establishments of marriage and parenthood in the Victorian era when ‘Wide Sargasso Sea’ was set. On the other hand, men...
Wide Sargasso Sea is a novel that was written as a response to the text Jane Eyre in 1966. The novel was written by Jean Rhys, who wrote the text to give a voice to Antoinette Cosway, and provide a background to her story before she became ‘the mad woman in the attic’ in Jane Eyre. As such, one of the main themes throughout the text is identity, or a lack thereof. In this speech, I will examine Antoinette’s identity...
Section A: In this section I will be analysing Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, It is a prequel to English novelist Charlotte Brontë’s most prominent novel, Jane Eyre. This extract takes place in the latter half of the postcolonial novel, part three in section seven. In this essay, I am going to make a contextual linguistic analysis of Wide Sargasso Sea. In conclusion, I will compare the novel to its predecessor, Jane Eyre. This extract is the third and...