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Jamaica and she was not fully accepted by either the black or the white community. Wide Sargasso Sea by. Jean Rhys. Penguin, London, PART ONE. Wide Sargasso Sea. Home · Wide Sargasso Alone on a Wide Wide Sea. Read more · Alone on a Wide Wide Sea · Read more · Sargasso Sector. Read more. Kebrina Bailey Exploring Otherness in Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea. In every story one must understand that, “there is always the other side, always.”(pg77) if.
However, neither text denies the historical racial and social hierarchies enforced by English planters and civil servants in the West Indian colonies [End Page 87] as rhetorical tools to carry out the work of empire building. Wide Sargasso Sea and Cambridge depict instances in which specific characters use insults or name calling to cross socioeconomic boundaries and occupy the social role typically associated with a specific racially homogenous group to which they do not belong—poor blacks or wealthy whites or both. The double nature of the insults highlights the tension created by the coexistence of two diametrically opposed values whiteness—niggerness, blackness—Englishness as much as the semantic and ideological gulf separating one from the other. However, if these were not plausible categories to contemplate within the respective Caribbean societies of Cambridge and Wide Sargasso Sea, the shame associated with them would be lost. In Wide If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE.
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English View all editions and formats Summary:. Allow this favorite library to be seen by others Keep this favorite library private. Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item Print version: Rhys, Jean. Wide Sargasso Sea. Document, Fiction, Internet resource Document Type: The story traces her relationship with Grace Poole, the servant who is tasked with guarding her, as well as her disintegrating life with the Englishman, as he hides her from the world.
He makes empty promises to come to her more but sees less of her. He ventures away to pursue relationships with other women—and eventually with the young governess.
Antoinette is clearly mad and has little understanding of how much time she has been confined. She fixates on options of freedom including her stepbrother Richard who, however, will not interfere with her husband, so she attacks him with a stolen knife. Expressing her thoughts in stream of consciousness , Antoinette dreams of flames engulfing the house and her freedom from the life she has there, and believes it is her destiny to fulfill the vision. Waking from her dream she escapes her room, and sets the fire.
Major themes[ edit ] Since the late 20th century, critics have considered Wide Sargasso Sea as a postcolonial response to Jane Eyre. In addition, Rhys makes a postcolonial argument when she ties Antoinette's husband's eventual rejection of Antoinette to her Creole heritage a rejection shown to be critical to Antoinette's descent into madness.
The novel is also considered a feminist work, as it deals with unequal power between men and women, particularly in marriage. Race[ edit ] Antoinette and her family had been slave owners up until the Slavery Abolition Act and subsequently lost their wealth.
They are called " white nigger " by the Island's negroes because of their poverty and are openly despised. Rochester, as an Englishman, looks down on Antoinette because she is a Creole. Antoinette is not English and yet her family history reflects her as a white woman.
Because one of my friends who married an Englishman wrote and told me so. A mad woman, she is confined to the attic at Thornfield Hall where the beauty of the Caribbean colours her dreams.
England to Antoinette is a dark, cold and cruel place. She sets fire to Thornfield Hall as the blacks do to Coulibri and jumps from the attic killing herself. Now she is in a place she is free to call home: this place that is neither the Caribbean nor England. Rhys allows Mr. This other account of the Caribbean allows the readers to get Mr.
X in his other view of the Caribbean is blind to its beauty. This signals his rejection of the otherness that makes the Caribbean so much more different from England.
X highlights the theme otherness where he exposes his perceptions of the Caribbean which seem tainted: he sees the Caribbean as a place to gain wealth but never as a place of solace.
The thirty thousand pounds have been paid to me without question or condition… I have a modest competence now. X welcomes the wealth that the Caribbean offers, yet he rejects the otherness that it exudes. I disliked their laughter and their tears, their flattery and envy, conceit and deceit. From a feminist perspective, Rhys, through her narrative style, bestows upon Antoinette the opportunity to tell her tale of sexual, emotional and financial exploitation through dialogue with other characters.
Rhys uses Christophine as another voice to help Antoinette challenge the exploitation of which she suffers. Christophine helps Antoinette by giving her a potion, but this does not work. X then sleeps with Amelie- a maid. I did not love her.
I was thirsty for her, but that is not love. She gives up and assumes the role of a submissive wife: exploited, sold and robbed of her dignity. No begging letters, no mean request.
None of the furtive shabby manoeuvres of a younger son. Through his eyes he too has been exploited and robbed of his manhood. The marriage has placed him in the position of the female: without power, without knowledge and without a sense of English or metropolitan identity.