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Shades of Grey in Wide Sargasso Sea - Some believe the world is black and white but there isn’t always a clear person to blame for heartbreak or hardship. It is easier to blame something on one person but it’s not always realistic. Rhys portrays this “grey world” theme in Wide Sargasso Sea with her main characters: Rochester and Antoinette. She uses two unique connections to show how the two are intertwined: the first by the racism that they both experience and the second by their own actions/rationalizations that hurt each other portrayed through Rhys’ use of alternation perspectives....   [tags: Wide Sargasso Sea Essays] 953 words
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Racial Tensions in Wide Sargasso Sea - Racial tension is a major theme in “Wide Sargasso Sea”, with the mix of whites and blacks and white/blacks in the novel creating a cut-throat atmosphere which creates a hazardous place for Jamaica’s denizens. Many racial situations occur between whites and blacks, which Americans are use to due to the dangerous troubles between blacks and whites in the 1950s with a clear enemy: the whites. But Rhys tackles a more important point: an overall racial hostility between everybody living in Jamaica during the novels time period with no one to blame....   [tags: Wide Sargasso Sea Essays] 1179 words
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The Sargasso Sea as an Underlying Metaphor in Wide Sargasso Sea - The Sargasso Sea as an Underlying Metaphor in Wide Sargasso Sea Why did Jean Rhys name her novel about the Creole madwoman in the attic from Jane Eyre after a mysterious body of water in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. As there is no mention made of the Sargasso Sea in the novel itself, one might wonder why she chose to title her novel after it. In a 1958 letter to a friend and colleague, she describes her changing titles for the novel: “I have no title yet. ‘The First Mrs. Rochester’ is not right....   [tags: Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys]
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Comparing Wide Sargasso Sea and Jane Eyre - Authors, Jean Rhys and Charlotte Bronte constructed their novels in completely different time periods and came from different influences in writing. Jean Rhys’s fiction book, Wide Sargasso Sea is an interesting relation to Jane Eyre. The female character of Jane Eyre forms into a furiously, passionate, independent young woman. The female character of Jean Rhys’s illustration is a character that Jane will know further on as Rochester’s crazy wife who is bolted in an attic. Jean Rhys further studies this character, where as Charlotte Bronte approved that it was left explained (Thorpe 175)....   [tags: Wide Sargasso Sea, Jane Eyre]
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The Impact of Families Upon The Watchmen's Rorschach and Wide Sargasso Sea's Antoinette - The manner in which an individual is raised can impact their lives forever. This idea is proven to be true with two characters from the works that were studied this semester. Although they come from completely different worlds, the similarities between these two characters and the manner in which they face the world can be associated with the relationships they had with their families. These two characters are Walter “Rorschach” Kovacs, from Alan Moore's graphic novel which is called Watchmen, and Antoinette, from Jean Rhys' novel which is called Wide Sargasso Sea....   [tags: The Watchmen, Wide Sargasso Sea]
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Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea has developed a character for the depth of time. Antoinette's childhood story of outmost unhappiness, contrasted with her attempt at love, and finally the arrival to her concluded state depicts the single condemnation of her soul. Misguided and unloved, Antoinette is forced to raise herself in a world of fear and hatred. As a young woman, her only happiness is found with nature, her place of peace in the world. Yet when her chance at love arises, Antoinette challenges the very destination of her life and hopes to undo her already doomed demise....   [tags: Wide Sargasso Sea Rhys] 1298 words
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The Importance of Truth in Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea - The Importance of Truth in Wide Sargasso Sea In Wide Sargasso Sea " Rhys presents a white Creole family living in a Caribbean Island (Jamaica), which is a lush and insecure world for them, after the liberation of the slaves. The husband had once been a slaveholder, the mother is a confused and crazy lady and Antoinette, the daughter, is a child in an atmosphere of fear, recrimination and bitter anger. She becomes increasingly isolated-this isolation is broken by her scheming stepbrother, who signs Antoinette's inheritance over to the naive Mr....   [tags: Wide Sargasso Sea Essays]
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Colonising Within the Marriage in Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea - Colonising Within the Marriage in Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea      Jean Rhys' complex text, Wide Sargasso Sea, came about as an attempt to re-invent an identity for Rochester's mad wife, Bertha Mason, in Jane Eyre, as Rhys felt that Bronte had totally misrepresented Creole women and the West Indies: 'why should she think Creole women are lunatics and all that. What a shame to make Rochester's wife, Bertha, the awful madwoman, and I immediately thought I'd write a story as it might really have been.' (Jean Rhys: the West Indian Novels, p144).  It is clear that Rhys wanted to reclaim a voice and a subjectivity for Bertha, the silenced Creole, and to subvert the assumptions made by the Victoria...   [tags: Wide Sargasso Sea Essays]
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The Tragedy of Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea - The Tragedy of Wide Sargasso Sea   In Jean Rhys' novel Wide Sargasso Sea, whether Antoinette Cosway really goes mad in the end is debatable. Nevertheless, it is clear that her life is tragic. The tragedy comes from her numerous pursuits for love and a sense of belonging, and her failure at each and every one of these attempts. As a child Antoinette, is deprived of parental love. Her father is a drunkard and has many mistresses and illegitimate children. According to Daniel Cosway's account, old Cosway is cruel to his own son....   [tags: Wide Sargasso Sea Essays]
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The Theme of Misunderstanding in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea - The Theme of Misunderstanding in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea In both classical novels Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte a Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys the theme of misunderstanding is represented very widely. Both Victorian era dramatical romantic fictions have some impact in them from their respective authors. Bronte's lonliness is transformed into Jane Eyre's Character whom mostly all characters in the novel misunderstand her until they truly get to recognize her which is towards the end of the novel....   [tags: Literature Analysis, Jane Eyre, Wide Sargasso Sea] 877 words
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Cruelty and Insanity in Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys - Cruelty and Insanity in Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys Wide Sargasso Sea provides unique insight into the gradual deterioration of the human mind and spirit. On examining Antoinette and her mother Annette, the reader gains a new perspective of insanity. One realizes that these two women are mentally perturbed as a result of numerous external factors that are beyond their control. The cruelty of life and people drive Annette and her daughter to lunacy. Neither mother nor daughter have a genetic predisposition to madness, and their downfall is an inevitable result of the actions of those around them and the unbearable nature of their living situation....   [tags: Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys Essays]
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Comparing Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - Comparing Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte In the novels Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, the theme of loss can be viewed as an umbrella that encompasses the absence of independence, society or community, love, and order in the lives of the two protagonists. They deal with their hardships in diverse ways. However, they both find ways to triumph over their losses and regain their independence. The women in both novels endure a loss of personal freedom, both mental, and physical....   [tags: Wide Sargasso Sea Jane Eyre Essays]
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Jean Rhys' Use of Conflicting Narratives of Antoinette and Rochester in Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys' Use of Conflicting Narratives of Antoinette and Rochester in "Wide Sargasso Sea" There are many techniques Jean Rhys uses to bring across the point that the narrators are unreliable and the truth twisted, it is an interesting and effective idea as it makes the reader feel confused on who to trust and really involves them in the book, they become party to the secrets. Rhys’ book is so complex as it is obviously linked to the Classic book- ‘Jane Eyre’; this is classic English literature and therefore is always in our minds during WSS....   [tags: Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys Essays] 2150 words
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The Wide Sargasso Sea and Race - I read an interesting fact recently online; it said that if one ever feels alone to remember that at any given point that they are in proximity to at least ten ghosts and their butts. What this has to do with Wide Sargasso Sea and the issue of race within it. Absolutely nothing; just thought it would be nice to know given it is Halloween. If one feels inclined, they can also give love to those ghosts by blowing kisses to them, just because they are dead does not mean they do not enjoy a smooch. Wide Sargasso Sea is unique from Jane Eyre and Mansfield Park in that the issue of race plays a huge part in how the characters themselves relate to themselves and their place within their society....   [tags: Jane Eyrie, Mansfield Park]
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The Emotional Journey in Wide Sargasso Sea - ... (II.2.26),” makes one feel compelled to repeat here that maybe Rochester isn't such a terrible guy. In an honorable mood, Rochester touches on the one thing that Antoinette and he both need if their marriage is to survive: mutual trust. Of course, the rest of the novel is just a long series of betrayals. Hate, fear, and jealousy are all portrayed throughout the novel. The quote, “I'll take her in my arms, my lunatic. She's mad but mine, mine. What will I care for gods or devils or for Fate itself....   [tags: love, betrayal, sexual]
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Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea - Wide Sargasso Sea The Creoles in Wide Sargasso Sea are outcasts. They live with a divided identity and distance from the world. After the death of Antoinette’s father their behavior nearly causes their entire world to crumble. The family suffers greatly due to their distance from the rest of the world. The purpose of this paper is to show you the family’s divided identities and how it effects their everyday life, along with the consequences that follow. Antoinette, the main character and the daughter of ex-slave owners, is a far cry from rational and self-restrained....   [tags: literary analysis]
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Themes in Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys - Themes in Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys The main themes in Wide Sargasso Sea are slavery and entrapment, the complexity of racial identity and womanhood or feminism. In all of these themes the main character who projects them are Antoinette and Christophine. The theme slavery and entrapment is based on the ex- slaves who worked on the sugar plantations of wealthy Creoles figure prominently in Part One of the novel, which is set in the West Indies in the early nineteenth century. Although the Emancipation Act has freed the slaves by the time of Antoinette's childhood, compensation has not been granted to the island's black population, breeding hostility and resentment between servants and t...   [tags: Wide Sargasso Jean Rhys Slavery Essays] 778 words
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Fire in Hean Rhy´s Wide Sargasso Sea - ... Antoinette formed a relation to it due to its association to trauma. Subconsciously Antoinette was not able to cope with her past traumatic experience. This is expressed at the end of the novel due to the burning of Rochester's house in England. Thus suporting the Rhys’ theme that unless people who suffer trauma eventually learn to cope with it, it will build psychologically and will eventually be released harmfully. Self evaluation Name:__________________________________ Wide Sargasso Sea Essay—Draft 1 Self-Evaluation...   [tags: traits, trauma, psychologically, harmfully] 2024 words
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The Subversion of Beauty in Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea - “Jamaica is beautiful. Jamaica is too beautiful” (Black). Throughout the semester, we have read multiple novels that describe an irresistible beauty found in the Caribbean: a beauty that conjures, entices, threatens, and ruins. This beauty has caused foreigners to capture, govern, fight for, and tour these islands for centuries. While the Caribbean may be a beautiful place geographically, authors have used this term differently in their literature. My argument in this paper is two-fold: I believe that Jean Rhys writes about this beauty attributed to the Caribbean as a rejection of European influence on the Caribbean and a declaration of the Caribbean’s independence over colonialism, and that...   [tags: Caribbean identity]
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Rochester in Duigan´s Wide Sargasso Sea - John Duigan’s film, Wide Sargasso Sea, a movie adaptation of the Jean Rhys novel superficially contains steamy sex scenes, a troubled romance, and conflicting cultures. However, if one looks beyond initial appearances, one can see an interesting character development that importantly directs the story. Duigan manages to highlight this character quite well. He portrayed him well enough that I begin to notice a development that otherwise I would have not seen. It is easy to get lost in this story by looking only at the character of Antoinette because it is she that gets the most focus....   [tags: manhood, control, John Duigan, Jean Rhys]
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Wide Sargasso Sea - Wide Sargasso Sea Places take on a symbolic significance in Wide Sargasso Sea. Discuss the way in which Jean Rhys uses different locations in the narrative. Place in 'Wide Sargasso Sea' seems to be used to convey Antoinette's frame of mind at different times in her life. Wally Look Lai believes that "The West Indian setting...is central to the novel...(and) the theme of rejected womanhood is utilized symbolically in order to make an artistic statement about West Indian society and about an aspect of the West Indian experience"....   [tags: English Literature Jean Rhys Location Essays] 3323 words
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Wide Sargasso Sea and The Color Purple - Problems, along with misery, become apart of life whether you’re willing to accept it or not. For those who have accepted such troubles, have also learned to cope with it one way or another. Antoinette’s character in “Wide Sargasso Sea” and Celie’s character in “The Color Purple” have both experienced problems with depression, loneliness, violence, inferiority, racism, and self-identity. It is important for such characters as Antoinette and Celie to express their emotions and have a method of working out there issues....   [tags: essays research papers] 858 words
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Postcolonial Discourse in Wide Sargasso Sea - Postcolonial Discourse in Wide Sargasso Sea In Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys confronts the possibility of another side to Jane Eyre. The story of Bertha, the first Mrs Rochester, Wide Sargasso Sea is not only a brilliant deconstruction of Brontë's legacy, but is also a damning history of colonialism in the Caribbean. The story is set just after the emancipation of the slaves, in that uneasy time when racial relations in the Caribbean were at their most strained. Antoinette (Rhys renames her and has Rochester impose the name of Bertha on her when their relationship dissolves) is descended from the plantation owners, and her father has had many children by negro women....   [tags: Essays Papers] 622 words
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Fire´s Symbolism in Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys - Charlotte Brontë's 1847 novel Jane Eyre depicts the passionate love Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester have for each other, and as Bertha Mason stands in the way of the happiness of Brontë's heroine, the reader sees Mason as little more than a villainous demon and a raving lunatic. Jean Rhys' serves as Mason's defendant, as the author's 1966 novella Wide Sargasso Sea, a prequel to Jane Eyre, seeks to explore and explain Bertha's (or Antoinette Cosway's) descent into madness. Rhys rejects the notion that Antoinette has been born into a family of lunatics and is therefore destined to become one herself....   [tags: Jamaica, Slaves, Madness]
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Antoinette’s Search for Home in Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea (1966) presents some of the complicated issues of postcolonial Caribbean society. Rhys’ protagonist, Antoinette Cosway, a white Creole in Jamaica, suffers racial antagonism, sexual exploitation and male suppression. She is a victim of a system, which not only dispossessed her from her class but also deprived her as an individual of any means of meaningful, independent survival and significance. Postcolonial Caribbean society is not able to address and enhance the expectations of the colonized people after its emancipation but lingers on and sustains in the older residues of colonial project....   [tags: caribbean, jamaican society,sexual exploitation]
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Heart of Darkness and Wide Sargasso Sea: Depiction and Effect Due to Colonization - Heart of Darkness and Wide Sargasso Sea: Depiction and Effect Due to Colonization Both Heart of Darkness and Wide Sargasso Sea deal with Englishmen, Charles Marlow and Mr. Rochester, who are placed in unfamiliar and different environments than accustomed to. These two characters not only deal with their own personal struggles, but are connected to the struggles of people close to them (namely Kurtz and Antoinette).Joseph Conrad and Jean Rhys attribute these hardships to the effects of colonialism....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Use of Point of View in Bronte's Jane Eyre and Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea - Both Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea utilize point of view to reflect meaning within the texts. Charlotte Bronte chose to stick with one narrator in Jane Eyre and chronicled her journey to self discover and finding the love she desired for much of her life. On the flip side, Jean Rhys switched perspectives multiple times in Wide Sargasso Sea but has a similar story of a woman and her struggle to find herself and her yearning to be loved. Both authors created masterful pieces that transcend generations in their messages and themes, but they went about them in different ways, creating unique works of art....   [tags: narrator, perspective, oppression]
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The Thematic Significance Of The Floral Images In Wide Sargasso Sea. - Wide Sargasso Sea is the story of Antoinette Cosway, a Creole heiress who grew up in the West Indies on a decaying plantation. When she comes of age she is married off to an Englishman, and he takes her away from the only place she has known--a house with a garden where "the paths were overgrown and a smell of dead flowers mixed with the fresh living smell. Underneath the tree ferns, tall as forest tree ferns, the light was green. Orchids flourished out of reach or for some reason not to be touched."(p.16)....   [tags: essays research papers] 412 words
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Comparing Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea - Comparing Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys obviously had Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre in mind while writing Wide Sargasso Sea. Each novel contains events that echo other events or themes in the other. The destruction of Coulibri at the beginning of Wide Sargasso Sea reminds the reader of the fire at Thornfield towards the end of Jane Eyre. While each scene refers to events in its own book and clarifies events in its companion, one cannot conclude that Rhys simply reconstructed Thornfield's fall in Coulibri's....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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A Comparison of Love in Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea - Love in Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea      In the passages presented below, both narrators are soliciting affection and love. For Jane, in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, her mother figure, Aunt Reed, shows absolutely no affection towards her niece. Coldly, Ms. Reed regards Jane only as a bothersome child she was left to raise. Similarly, Antoinette, in Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea, is raised disregarded and unloved by her mother Annette. Although shunned, Jane and Antoinette both have the passion and willingness to love....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Wide Sargasso Sea Revisited: Elizabeth Nunez’s Bruised Hibiscus and Men Women Business - Elizabeth Nunez writes Bruised Hibiscus (2000) offering some of the most complicated issues of female identity, oppression and quest for liberation in male centered postcolonial Caribbean society with strong resonances to Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea (1966). Nunez’s central characters Zuela and Rosa Appleton undergo a series of annihilation of their identities and exploitation and oppression from their husbands. By situating Rosa in a similar position as of Antoinette Cosway in Wide Sargasso Sea, Nunez creates yet another story of a Caribbean creole who suffers denial and becomes a victim of male-centred society ending up her life in complete doom and negation without any hope of autonomy an...   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Being the Meat in the Sandwich: Implications of the double colonisation of empire and patriarchy by the female characters in Wide Sargasso Sea - One of the many ways that postcolonial literature accomplishes the task of challenging the hegemony of western imperialism is through the use of a ‘canonical counter-discourse,’ a strategy whereby ‘a post-colonial writer takes up a character or characters, or the basic assumptions of a canonical text [where a colonialist discourse is developed directly or indirectly], and unveils [its colonialist] assumptions, subverting the text for post-colonial purposes’. (Tiffin, 1987) Such a revolutionary literary project is evidently realised in Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, a prequel that ‘writes back the centre’ of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre (1847)....   [tags: Book Analysis, Colonialism, Oppression of Women]
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Contrasting Gender Differences in in Medea versus Wide Sargasso Sea - Gender Differences in in Medea versus Wide Sargasso Sea Stereotypical attributes traditionally associated with women, such as having a propensity to madness, or being irrational, frivolous, dependent, decorative, subordinate, scheming, manipulative, weak, jealous, gossiping, vulnerable and deceitful were common in the times relevant to both works, i.e. Ancient Greece and in the 19th and early 20th Century. Masculine attributes in Euripides' time were more along the lines of being valiant, heroic, noble, dominant (over women,) politically powerful, assertive, and competitive....   [tags: Gender Sex Masculine Feminine Euripides Rhys]
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Charlotte Bronte's Jane eyre and Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea - Charlotte Bronte's Jane eyre and Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea The Sargasso Sea is a relatively still sea, lying within the south-west zone of the North Atlantic Ocean, at the centre of a swirl of warm ocean currents. Metaphorically, for Jean Rhys, it represented an area of calm, within the wide division between England and the West Indies. Within such an area, a sense of stability, permanence and identity may be attained, despite the powerful, whirling currents which surround it. But outside of this ?sea?, one may be destabilised, drawn away by these outside forces, into the vast expanse of ?ocean....   [tags: Compare Contrast Bronte Rhys Essays]
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A Comparison of God and Religion in Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea - God and Religion in Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea      Jane Eyre, from Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, and Antoinette Mason, from Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea, both depict very different creeds. While Bronte created Jane with a Christian background, Rhys has birthed Antoinette into a more primitive, confused faith. Analyzing each writer's description of the red room will reveal the religious nature of their characters. In both texts, the rooms are symbolic of church. As Jane is sent to the bedroom of her dead uncle, Bronte relates it to a place of worship....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Divisions Between Women in Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea - Divisions between Women in Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea In Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea, a sea of “differences” engulfs the women, stirring up prejudice and animosity. Instead of perceiving how much they are alike, these women allow the water to destroy the bridges between them. They are envious of each other’s wealth, leery of each other’s premature aging, and unforgiving towards those who do not “belong” to their ethnic groups. Differences in economics, age, and nationality among the women cause misunderstandings and divisions between them....   [tags: Experience of Womanhood]
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Essay on Responding to Pain in Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea - Responding to Pain in Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea   In both Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea, the main characters Jane and Antoinette are faced with hardships that affect each of them in different ways. In the passages below, the authors Charlotte Bronte and Jean Rhys illustrate that Jane and Antoinette grew fond of inanimate objects in response to the hurt that they had suffered in life. Although Jane and Antoinette appear to have come from painful backgrounds, each deals with her pain in a different manner, and therefore each leads a very different life into adulthood....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Fire Causes Mental Illness in Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea - Almost anyone that has had the misfortune of enduring an early childhood traumatic experience will readily admit that it has had lasting effects on his life. A traumatic occurrence at an early time in one's life will not only change the person's way of thinking, but it will also alter the relationships that this person has with certain people, places, or things. Normally comfortable settings will suddenly become extremely uncomfortable. People that the child was once at great ease with unexpectedly are transformed into completely different people in the child's eyes....   [tags: American Literature] 1289 words
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Rochester's Personal Journey - Eroticism, romance, and a steamy landscape is at the forefront in John Duigan’s movie adaptation of the Jean Rhys novel, Wide Sargasso Sea. Behind these themes exists a power struggle between two of the main characters and their dependence on one another. Antoinette Cosway and arranged English spouse, Edward Rochester, begin their marriage and lives together. In this arrangement, initial lust and interest between the two soon begins to crumble with the introduction of revealed secrets and fears....   [tags: Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea] 1171 words
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Creole as a Third Space in Jean Rhys’ Novel - Jean Rhys writes Wide Sargasso Sea (1966) as a prequel to Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre (1847) in order to give life to Bertha Mason, a Jamaican creole who is locked in the attic as a madwoman by her English husband, Rochester. Rhys thinks that Bertha is completely undermined and negated in Bronte’s novel. Bronte’s silences over Bertha’s identity and history enforce Rhys to break the unspoken and deliberately neglected white creole’s identity; and give her a voice that humanizes this supposedly inferior creole, and validates her quest for identity and belonging while also challenging Western hegemonic expectations and conditions....   [tags: jean rhys, jean eyre, wide sargasso sea]
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Victorian Domestic Architecture and the Implications of the Sequestered Private Spaces - Bertha Mason is the ghost that haunts Thornfield at night. When the sun goes down and the house falls asleep, she rises to explore the house that she is locked within, and yet outside of, by daylight. She roams the corridors, peeping into rooms to take a whiff of the domestic life that she is shunned from. She exists on the threshold of sanity, domesticity, even personhood. This is a character that is simultaneously locked inside of the walls of the mansion and discounted from the everyday domestic life of the household....   [tags: Jane Eyre, Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys]
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Revision of Master Narratives within Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea - To be able to discuss adequately how the master narratives of Bronte and Rhys’ time are revised, one must first understand what those master narratives were and what the social mood of the time was. From there one will be able to discuss how they were revised, and if in fact they were revised at all. Bronte is known as one of the first revolutionary and challenging authoress’ with her text Jane Eyre. The society of her time was male dominated, women were marginally cast aside and treated as trophies for their male counterparts....   [tags: essays research papers] 2168 words
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Mr. Rochester versus The Man - Mr. Rochester vs. The Man Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte and Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys are novels with an obvious connection, however, this connection is not definite one. The main male character’s name in Jane Eyre is Mr. Rochester who has a very mysterious history in the Caribbean while The Man in Wide Sargasso Sea moves to the Caribbean after living in England for his entire life. Jean Rhys never states that the two men are the same, but the similarities between the two lead the reader to believe it is so....   [tags: Jane Eyre Wide Sargasso Sea Essays] 1553 words
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Jane Eyre and Wise Sargasso Sea - "Inequitable power relations based on gender and /or class and /or nationality are endemic to the human condition. Any aspiration towards equitable relations and/or social orders requires the undermining of power dynamics and groping towards humane modes of being. Explore in the relation to two texts articulating a clear stance on the issue." In both novels Jane Eyre written by Charlotte Bronte and Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea, it is evident that inequitable power relations based on gender/class/nationality plays a prominent role within the human livelihood....   [tags: prose essay, Charlotte Bronte, Jean Rhys] 1020 words
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Creole as a Third Space - Creole as a ‘Third Space’ in Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys’ novel Wide Sargasso Sea (1966) depicts Antoinette Cosway, a white creole girl and descendent of the colonizers, torn between her white creole identity and her affiliation with and attachment to the colonized, colored people of postcolonial Jamaica. Antoinette is neither fully accepted by the blacks nor by the white European colonizers. She continuously struggles to negotiate between the completely opposing expectations and spaces of black Jamaican and white European culture....   [tags: white sargasso, jean rhys]
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