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wide-sargasso-sea-jean-rhysSURROGATE MOTHERSERVANTAntoinette Cosway Isolated Creole girl in Jamaica; descends into mental illness as her marriage failsMr. Rochester (Unnamed)Pretentious, unloving British husband; locks Antoinette in the atticAunt CoraWealthy widow; helps care for Antoinette in JamaicaRichard MasonSon of a wealthy British planter; arranges Antoinettes marriageChristophineFormidable servant in Jamaica; practices black magicAmélieScornful maid in Dominica; sleeps with Mr. RochesterCAREGIVERSERVANTMARRIEDSTEPBROTHERAntoinette, Part 1hey say when trouble comes close ranks, and so the white people did. But we were not in their ranksWide Sargasso Seaby the NumbersNovels in which Rochester locks his wife in an attic: Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso SeaRhyss age when Wide Sargasso Sea was publishedYear Parliament freed all enslaved people in the British Empire, to be carried out over timeYear a major motion picture adaptation was released in the United Kingdom to high praise20062761833Born on a decaying sugar plantation in Dominica to a Welsh father and Creole mother, Rhys moved at 16 to live with her aunt in England, where she was ridiculed for her outsider status. Rhys channeled these experiences into her best-selling novel, Wide Sargasso Sea.JEAN RHYS1890–1979Women & PowerMarriage as a legal arrangement costs women freedom, economic independence, and power.GardenCoulibris wild garden represents the Garden of Eden, where innocence is lost.ForestDark and unfamiliar, the forests in Granbois and England symbolize Antoinettes disorientation.FireProtest takes form in fire—from ex-slaves burning Coulibri to Antoinettes dream of burning Rochesters mansion. Slavery & EntrapmentOppression and loss of freedom result in fiery protests as characters try to break from their shackles. Alienation & IdentityAntoinette doesn’t fit in with the race and class distinctions in the Caribbean or in England.SymbolsAuthorMain CharactersA Creole heiress, Antoinette Cosway, grows up on a decaying plantation in 1800s Jamaica. When she is married off to an Englishman who takes her away from the only place she has ever known, Antoinette faces mental illness and confinement to an attic. Through it all she struggles to make sense of who she is. THEMESNavigating Race, Gender, and Class Jean Rhys1966EnglishNovel AuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageWide Sargasso SeaFictionSources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, IMDb, Jamaica Information Service, National Archives (UK), Victorian WebCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.

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