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Wide Sargasso Sea Characters ¶ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Preuel to Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Born into an oppressive colonialist society Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway meets a young Englishman who is drawn to her innocent sensuality and beauty but soon after their marriage rumors of madnS of madness in her family poison his mind against her He forces Antoinette to conform to his rigid Victorian idea. I've always been convinced I've read Jane Eyre I've even rated it here I also thought I had at some point in my life seen a film adaptation But the further I ventured into this retelling of Charlotte Bronte's novel the I found myself doubting the veracity of this assumption Finally I had to own up to never having read Jane Eyre This came as a bit of a shock as it always does when we discover we have invented a memory No doubt I once fibbed not wanting to embarrass myself as being poorly read and the fib became a monument a monument I've even garnished with four starred flowers And if you've never read Jane Eyre this novel is sometimes confusing It may even be confused It begins with Antoinette a young Creole girl whose family on her white father's side have a dubious history of slave holding Slavery has recently been abolished and there's much anger in the air The racism theme in this novel is for the most part artfully dramatised especially perhaps the close bond between racism and misogyny As if you can't have one without the other Women too can be misogynistic if they've been browbeaten and brainwashed Part one culminating with the eruption of the violence simmering throughout is all beautifully observed and compelling Then we begin part two and I found myself reading three pages which were going completely over my head I retraced my footsteps and found a footnote The note at the back of the book informed me the book was now being narrated by Antoinette's new husband Should a novel need this kind of note I recently watched a documentary about Rhys' editor and learned that the first part of this book was added afterwards at her suggestion Which means Rhys composed the novel in a completely different key And I'm afraid this shows I kept feeling Rhys didn't have full control over her material As if the new beginning had skewed and jarred what followed To my mind the editor should have gone further and told her to now write the entire novel from Antoinette's point of view The husband narrative never entirely convincing what baddie portrays himself as a baddie might have been interesting had Rhys sought to undermine Antoinette's truth with his truth created a battle of two unreliable narrators But he's a reliable narrator too reliable there essentially to establish facts It struck me as a laziness in Rhys that having changed the beginning she left what follows untouched And all the best bits of the husband's narrative are when he sounds exactly like Antoinette That Rhys eventually dumps him for part three and returns to Antoinette does make you wonder why he was ever there in the first place She also very clumsily adds a brief third voice in part three which confirmed to me that she gave far thought to crafting her sentences than she did to structure It would have demanded a refined artistry but my feeling was Rhys could have and should have channelled all the information we learn through the husband through Antoinette What redeems the architectural flaws is how well Rhys writes and how much of interest she has to say about her subject matter It's sad if this as the cover proclaims is her masterpiece because my feeling is she was than capable of writing a better novel The average rating for this is 358 and that's pretty much how I felt And I haven't read this three times as this site declares But I have now read it Jane Eyre will follow soon

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Preuel to Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Born into an oppressive colonialist society Creole heiress Antoinette Cosw. Bertha Mason is the madwoman in the attic; she is the raving lunatic that is Rochester’s first wife in Jane Eyrebut have you ever stopped to wonder what her side of the story is Have you ever considered that she may have a tale to tell Jean Rhys has and she tells it to you in all its traumatic colours Our crazy lunatic isn’t that far from Jane Bronte describes her as a semi human an animal that growls and raves as she stalks the hall of Thornfield like some unidentifiable spectre But what drove her to this state What made her this way Well the simple answer is a man named Rochester As the second son of a rich family he needed a means of creating his own wealth What's the answer to his problem Marry some rich girl and steal all her money and not worry about the conseuences but there to it than this Do you remember that scene in Jane Eyre where Rochester tries to dominate Jane and make her into something else by picking out her clothes Perhaps Bertha had this but on a intense scale Indeed Bertha isn’t even her real name Rhys names the character Antoinette a name Rochester refuses to use when he learns of her past Antoinette has a family history of insanity on the maternal side but again there is to it than this What creates this insanity For Antoinette it is the simple of act of belonging nowhere She is a hybrid a figure that walks between cultures As a white European girl she was raised in Jamaica; thus she is neither fully Jamaican nor European This sounds very similar to the role of the governess a figure that belonged to no particular class structure Neither culture would accept Antoinette as one of their own as she herself recognises “It was a song about a white cockroach That’s me That’s what they call all of us who were here before their own people in Africa sold them to the slave traders And I’ve heard English woman call us white niggers So between you I often wonder who I am and where is my country and where do I belong and why was I ever born at all” She is stuck in between with an uncertain identity so when this Rochester figure comes along proposing love she is swept away Could she really be this happy This man offers her hope and a new life but it is all a lie When she finds out it breaks her The last bastion of refuge shatters and she realises her hate for this false man she finds yet another place she doesn’t belong Rochester takes his grief stricken wife home and shoves her in an attic Then BOOM He finds himself utterly shocked at the manifestation of her madness Such a foolWe cannot blame Bronte for her depiction of Bertha Bronte wrote during the peak of the British Empire; these ideas were imbedded into her cultural psyche this is how the Victorians saw the world Bronte was unconsciously aware of this; she even went as far as to apologise at a later date for her depiction of Bertha She didn’t fully consider how it would be received In her fixation with women’s rights in an unjust Western society she failed to look beyond the realms of the English experience But that is not to overlook the phenomenal achievements of Jane Eyre It does wonders for recognising the voice of women; however Jean Rhys just goes a little bit furtherFacebook| Twitter| Insta| Academia

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Wide Sargasso SeaAy meets a young Englishman who is drawn to her innocent sensuality and beauty but soon after their marriage rumor. 5 erratic ecstatic and hypnotic stars 4th Favorite Read of 2017 Tie This book is such a wonderful dark counterpoint to Jane Eyre I was inspired to write a poem rather than a review and I hope you enjoy itAntoinetteAntoinette by day Bertha by twilightThe white cockroach of CoulibriBold BeautifulMad and Fiery as HadesDaughter of slaveowner philanderer villainMired in mayombe and voodooand the saints of the dark godesseson the isle of JamaicaNineteen lovers or was it ninety nineNo mattersome are real but all are imaginedas her body was built for lustprimitive and yielding to whites and blacksRochester so refined and elegantnever to be hers but used againand again and again and againuntil her loins are as red as the flames she breathesOpium on the ship journey to misty EnglandLocked in an attic with alcoholic Gracecoming heart to heart with her nemesisso plain and fair is the little Jane EyreDamnation Anger Lust MadnessA fire to disfigure her one true loveRochester you bastard to hell I will send youMy name is Antoinette Bertha CoswayThe White Cockroach