Wide Sargasso Sea and Antoinette Essay

1149 Words Aug 21st, 2010 5 Pages
Wide Sargasso Sea and Jane Eyre intertwined

In Wide Sargasso Sea, author Jean Rhys uses intertextuality to tell the story of Antoinette Mason. Intertexuality is when an author bases their book/novel off of another text. In this case, Wide Sargasso Sea is shaped from Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and it elaborates on the character of Bertha, who is Antoinette Mason in Rhys’ novel. By reading Wide Sargasso Sea we are enlightened on things in Jane Eyre that Bronte does not tell us about or elaborate on. Also, by reading Jane Eyre we understand things about Wide Sargasso Sea that Rhys doesn’t include in her novel. Both authors have created compelling novels that aren’t built from each other and provides a deeper understanding of one
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He did not marry Antoinette because he was in love with her. After reading Wide Sargasso Sea we see why Rochester was so glad to find someone like Jane. He didn’t really have anyone to talk to or a companion for the longest time. Before Jane came to Thornfield, Rochester would go away for many months at a time just to escape the terror of what he had locked up at home. When Jane was there, Rochester did not have any reason to go away because he was content with the situation at home and his feelings for Jane. One night Rochester and Jane are by the fire and Rochester says, “I knew…you would do me good in some way, at some time: I saw it in your eyes when I first beheld you…” (Bronte 129). This quote shows that Rochester has real feelings for Jane. Without the knowledge from Wide Sargasso Sea we would not understand why Rochester was so happy when Jane was there, or what had caused his unrest in the past. In Jane Eyre we see the character of Grace Poole as being very strange and eerie. She operates mostly on her own, staying quiet and often looking very mysterious. Jane believes that Grace is the one that lights Rochester’s bed on fire. Little does Jane know that Grace is hiding the person that attempts to take Rochester’s life. Grace is paid double her salary to be the caretaker of Antoinette. She was paid that so she would not let the other servants or anyone in town in on the secret. In Jane Eyre we don’t know what Grace Poole does until the very end, so she

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