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Wide Sargasso Sea: A Reader's Guide to Essential Criticism
In this Reader's Guide, Carl Plasa provides a comprehensive survey and analysis of the most stimulating critical responses to Wide Sargasso Sea. The opening chapter outlines initial reactions to the novel from English and Caribbean critics, charting the differences between them. Chapter Two explores Wide Sargasso Sea 's dialogue with Jane Eyre and the theoretical questions...more
Paperback, 194 pages
Published September 6th 2002 by Palgrave Macmillan
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This novel is an illumination into the dark passageway to madness, exacerbated by anxiety and loneliness. The novel is told by two narrators, the lonely, neglected Antoinette and her stranger of a husband, Rochester. I loved the desperate, yearning narrative of Antoinette and Rochester's detached approach to his wife becomes increasingly frightening. This was the first piece of literature I have ever read to humanize a slavetrader's family. It certainly makes me want to read Jane Eyre again, thi ...more
The novel Wide Sargasso sea written by Jean Rhys was a beautiful and relatable tale. It starts off slow and takes awhile to understand the prose. Once I got well into the story it was worth the wait. The story being told in both Antoinette's and Rochester's perspective gave an in depth understanding of both characters thoughts and behaviors. Antoinette is abused, ignored, isolated and rejected throughout the entire novel. Her madness is a result of her internal issues that she never resolved, be ...more
*cough*... Though it may make me some enemies, this book shows the stupidity of mildly realistic femininity. The characters are very 2-dimensional, and a quick review of the book's description will show the vanity of it's author (acclaim "has come too late"). In my opinion, it should have never come at all!
The literary conceit of this novel is that it's a prequel to Jane Eyre, wherein we learn the origin of the madwoman in the attic, Mr. Rochester's first wife. It's also a didactic relic of the 60s that links her insanity to the fact that they didn't care for little French girls in Jamaica. Racism, misogyny and classism drove Bertha nutters. Oops, spoiler!