Wide Sargasso Sea Essays

  • Sexism In The Wide Sargasso Sea

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    “If I was bound to hell let it be hell. No more false heavens. No more damned magic. You hate me and I hate you. We’ll see who hates best (Rhys, p. 170). In the highly revered novel “The Wide Sargasso Sea”, the author Jean Rhys, attempts to illustrate the prevalence of ingrained racism, sexism and white male despotism through a story of lust and tragedy. Likewise, set on a post-Emancipation Proclamation plantation in Jamaica, the audience is initially introduced to the young daughter of the ex-owner

  • Madness In Wide Sargasso Sea

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    by a few of the characters in Wide Sargasso Sea is not necessarily an inherent mental illness, but rather a consequence of the stress that colonialism, patriarchy and/or the consequence of existing between spaces has placed on the identity of each of the individuals. Madness in this sense is the fragmentation of an identity, something that both Antoinette and Rochester experience as they find themselves displaced in the world of Wide Sargasso Sea. Wide Sargasso Sea is a complex post-colonial feminist

  • The Wide Sargasso Sea Analysis

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    nature, and on the other side we have Christophene, a black Creole who has a mother figure in Antoinette’s life. Racial difference is present through a portrayal of Caribbean culture as ‘Other’. There are three clear racial categories in The Wide Sargasso Sea: the whites who are the superior race who control everything and everyone; the blacks who are nothing but the slaves and finally we have Creoles, who belonged to both, they were the

  • Voice In Wide Sargasso Sea

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    Jean Rhys write Wide Sargasso Sea (1966) as a response to Jane Eyre because she feels that the female character which is view as a mad woman in the attic, in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre (1947) is deserve to have an identity, a history and most important to give the female subject the voice. Jean Rhys reconstructs the identity of Bertha to Antoinnette Cosway in the novel by her a voice, which is being denied in Jane Eyre. Therefore, Wide Sargasso Sea is known as a response to Jane Eyre to explain

  • Identity In Wide Sargasso Sea

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    stable form of identity individuals suffer greatly and often feel inadequate as they search to fulfill the need to become wholesome. Similarly, the rise of challenge and crisis can empower their inner sense of self or identity. In Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso

  • Analysis Of Bertha And Wide Sargasso Sea

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    Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys shows the delicate balance between madness and sanity. Throughout both novels there is a lot of unusual behavior to say the least from Antoinette. There are many factors that can have a detrimental effect on one’s mental stability, this is shown blatantly through the relationship between Antoinette and Bertha. This shows the relationship and balance between inherited factors and environmental influences such as events that are happening and other people. Though physically

  • Wide Sargasso Sea Gender Analysis

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    Resistance to Traditional Gender Roles in Wide Sargasso Sea The short literary work, Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys explores the life of Antoinette Cosway, a young white Creole heiress who marries a white English man, Edward Rochester. Rochester’s name is never mentioned in the novel but it is implied that he is the character from Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre. Antoinette’s marriage to Rochester is forced and arranged by her step brother Richard Mason. Antoinette and Rochester both lived in

  • Wide Sargasso Sea And Macbeth Comparison

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    life is never perfect, avarice and sloth tempt human beings to trade their souls for tangible gains. Ironically, drugs, the manmade devil, become the ultimate winner in this compact. Not only are characters in Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea enticed by drugs, but also Samuel Coleridge, the author of “Kubla Khan”, indulges himself with drugs. While some of them yield to the great pressure in their life, others simply can not overcome their own lusts. Although substances can induce

  • Comparison Of Jane Eyre And Wide Sargasso Sea

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    Introduction Undoubtedly, two female authors Charlotte Brontë and Jean Rhys went down in history with their novels Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea which gained the hearts of people, especially women who might see themselves in the destinies of the two women depicted in the novels, and might be inspired, amazed, indignant or resentful by Jane’s unyieldingness, adherence to principles, braveness, desire for love and Antoinette’s energy, exotic nature, and madness. Doubtless, the novel of Charlotte

  • Hysteria In Wide Sargasso Sea And The Yellow Wallpaper

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    nervousness. It was not until psychologist Sigmund Freud debunked the illness in the 1890’s, that hysteria was pronounced a misconception. Although the myth of the disease disappeared, the stigmas surrounding women’s behavior were still present. In Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys, and The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the female protagonists slowly slip into insanity due to the authority of their husbands. The image of the hysterical woman displayed throughout history

  • Patriarchy And Colonialism In Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea

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    Wide Sargasso Sea Patriarchy and colonialism are both used as a form of repression, in the book Wide Sargasso Sea, we were introduced to Antoinette, a White Creole woman who lived in Jamaica and hailed from a family of ex-slave owners. Fast forwarding into the brilliantly, crafted storyline by Jean Rhys, we learn about the man called Mr. Rochester/Mr. Mason who enjoyed the promise of gain, in this case - Antoinette’s estate. While she held little wealth that he had set his own eyes on

  • Examples Of Romanticism In Jane Eyre And Wide Sargasso Sea

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    hand, Wide Sargasso Sea, written by Jean Ryhs and published in 1966 is a parallel postcolonial novel derived from Jane Eyre, in other words, Wide Sargasso Sea is a prequel. This novel unfolds a few years after Jane Eyre, meaning that it occurred after some of the social, technological and economical changes; as a result of transformation, the moral standards were also altered. Certain things considered madness in the time of Jane Eyre were not madness anymore for the time of Wide Sargasso Sea. This

  • Male Control In Edith Wharton's Wide Sargasso Sea

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    are strong while woman show it to prove they are independent. It today society it is normal for there to be dominant woman while it is expected for men. Gender plays a dominant role in the depiction of mental illness..*FINSH LATER In the film Wide Sargasso Sea, you notice the change taking place with the character Rochester. While living in Jamaica he starts to show signs of dominance behavior. Being cruel to Antoinette by renaming her "Malantoinette", making her feel unloved

  • Comparing Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre And Wide Sargasso Sea

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    Charlotte Bronte criticized the patriarchal society where women were regarded as property and the appendage of men. Besides, she also emphasized the gender equality and the rights of women in the society. From a different perspective, the author of Wide Sargasso Sea paid more attention to the lack of self-identity and social belongings among the social hierarchy in the colonized countries and criticized the negative impact of colonialism and imperialism towards

  • Diction And Analysis Of Bluebeard In Richard Wright's Black Boy

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    This text is an excerpt from Chapter 2 of Richard Wright’s novel Black Boy. Richard is a young naive boy who lives in a religious household with many restrictions . He is a troubled kid due to his huge curiosity and determination achieve his desires. In this excerpt Richard urges Ella, a schoolteacher who works for Granny, to read him a ‘forbidden’ book. Ella refuses, knowing Granny would be angered by reason of her strict and religious beliefs. After Richard constantly nagging her, she starts reading

  • Symbolism In Ibsen's Hedda Gabler

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    Ibsen is believed to be the “master” of symbolism. (Styan, 1981). In Hedda Gabler, Ibsen uses symbolism to portray the internal chaos and disorder of his protagonist. Ibsen often deals with the conflict with the internal self. (Watson, 1983) Ibsen gives a new, symbolic and deeper meaning to ordinary objects such as a room, fire, the manuscript, Thea’s hair and the pistol. Each of these objects signifies a different element of Hedda’s character. Styan discusses how these symbols are integrated with

  • The Demon Lover Elizabeth Bowen Analysis

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    Analysis of “The Demon Lover” Reliving a past experience can often cause someone to have a relapse of those exact emotions of feelings. Elizabeth Bowen often uses her own life experiences throughout her work. Bowen often portrays herself as the main character. Bowen gives her readers a chance to read little bit and pieces of how her life was during the Blitz and World War II. In the short story “The Demon Lover” Elizabeth Bowen uses internal conflict to portray the effects of war.Mrs. Drover through

  • Essay On Class Ideology In Jane Eyre

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    Question 1: Ideology - a set of beliefs. Ideas that come to a concrete form through practise. Class ideology the most associated with the Victorian period which was always in the making and open to dispute. Class, Gender and feminism – Class was defined as a group relation to the means of production, the share of wealth created through work. Three main classes, upper, middle and working class. Class seemed to create boundaries and formed hierarchies in the Victorian era. When it came to gender men

  • Racism In West Side Story

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    The musical West Side Story is without a doubt one of the most popular and memorable musicals ever to be created. The makers of the musical include composer Leonard Bernstein, lyricist Stephen Sondheim and librettist Arthur Laurents. This musical is often analyzed for being based off of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, however there are other underlying themes that should be acknowledged as well. In particular there is a constant stream of racism seen throughout the play. From Lieutenant

  • Waiting For The Barbarians Critical Analysis

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    J.M. Coetzee, Waiting for the Barbarians: Affirming alterities through the resolution of key conflicts and representation of power. This essay offers an analysis of the concept of alterity or otherness through the representation of power and the resolution of key conflicts in J.M. Coetzee’s novel Waiting for the Barbarians. The essay first explores the representation of power in the novel as it relates to certain binaries such as ‘self’ and ‘other’; ‘just and ‘unjust’; and ‘powerful’ and ‘vulnerable’