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Wide Sargasso Sea | Study Guide

Jean Rhys

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Jean Rhys

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Perspective and Narrator

Wide Sargasso Sea is told from a first-person perspective. The narration alternates among three people: Antoinette, Rochester, and Grace Poole.


Wide Sargasso Sea is told in both present and past tenses. The tense changes based on the speaker and the section of the book.

About the Title

The title Wide Sargasso Sea refers to an often windless area in the northern Atlantic Ocean where ships are said to get caught in masses of seaweed. The title is a metaphor for the characters who are also trapped in real or perhaps imagined ways between countries and racial heritages.


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