Jean Rhys 's Wide Sargasso Sea

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In jean Rhys “wide Sargasso Sea examine” the themes of race and gender in the 'othering ' of Antoinette. While exploring the concept the ‘Other’ In Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea we can begin to untangle the complexity of the forms of isolation and alienation that becomes to be considered the key characteristic of ‘the other’ and clearly represented in our protagonist Antoinette, who is perceived by her Jamaican society as not belonging. The complexities of Antoinette character comes from a culturally constructed identity that is displayed as being fundamentally different than the others around her. The Jamaican and black characters identify themselves as a majority and Rhys gives clear examples of how judgment is made to those who are lacking the essential characteristics engaged by the Native Jamaicans. As well as being placed in alienation the ‘Other’ Antoinette is perceived as a lesser or inferior being casted out by both white and Jamaican society. In many different critical approaches and theories the ‘Other’ is isolated because of Nationality, social class, religion, culture, gender, sexual orientation or race. As we can see Antoinette represents many of these aspects that can be used to defined as the ‘other’. This essay aims to explore in detail the issues presented within the Wide Sargasso sea within the context of a strongly racial and patriarchal tradition. Rhys’s encourage the reader to reflect the perplexing concept that is the ‘other’ in post-colonial literature. The concept of the ‘other’ can be explored in terms of race and gender and expose the reader to imagination of Rhys’s as she explores the realms of the unknown women in the attic. This use of the imagination allows explanations and different interpretation... ... middle of paper ... ... expected to bare children and marry. The struggles to conform to social “normality” place Antoinette outside the expectations of others .We learn that Annette never fulfils the “normality” of motherhood, and despite her attempts she found it near enough impossible to love or be loved by Mr. Rochester. Both mother and daughter are ultimately betrayed by their husbands and both suffer the same fate - a swift demise in mentality and life. Jacques Lacan in his book Ecrits states that “A freedom that is never so authentically affirmed as when it is within the walls of a prison; a demand for commitment that expresses the inability of pure consciousness to overcome any situation; a voyeuristic-sadistic idealization of sexual relationships; a personality that achieves self-realization only in suicide” CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF HOW THIS QUOTE RELATES TO ANTOINETTE CONCLUTION…
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