Three Dreams in Wide Sargasso Sea Essay

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Thesis statement: the interpretation of the content of the three dreams and the analysis of the function of them in Wide Sargasso Sea. I. Introduction
The three dreams of Antoinette, the heroine in Wide Sargasso Sea, serve as a significant role throughout the novel. This essay aims at interpreting the context of the three dreams and analyzing the function of them. II. Body:
A. the interpretation of the underlying content of the three dreams 1. The theory of symbolism 2. Dream I presented the symbol “forest” and this dream reflected a signal of danger. 3. Dream II presented the symbol “white dress”, “tree”, “enclosed garden” and this dream showed the future of her marriage. 4. Dream III presented the
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However, she still sensed a signal of danger and she was sure that something bad was approaching in the future. Dream II happened when Mason took her out of her refuge and arranged for her a marriage. This time, the scene in her dream changed, “…we are no longer in the forest but in an enclosed garden surrounded by a stone wall.”(Jean Rhys 50) The “enclosed garden” is Thornfield—her tomb. The change of scene indicates she would leave her homeland and went to England. She also dreamed about wearing a white dress, “… and I don’t wish to get it soiled”, “…now I do not hold up my dress, it trails in the dirt, my beautiful dress.” (Jean Rhys 50) The color white often represents purity and innocence while dress is a perfect representative of maiden. Therefore “white dress” is a symbol of Antoinette’s identity— a virginal and innocent young girl. Furthermore, “white dress” can be linked with wedding gowns, which stands for marriage. So it also reveals the pure and fragrant longing for love and marriage. Unfortunately, the dirt-stained dress predicts her wish and identity was due to be ruined. At the end of her dream, she dreamed about the tree, “…I touch a tree and my arms hold on to it”, “… the tree sways and jerks as if it is trying to throw me off.” (Jean Rhys 50) As an object for one to lean on and cling to, “tree” is very likely to be “the man”, the future husband of Antoinette-- Mr. Rochester. But instead of providing her with safety and stability, all he wanted was

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