Wide Sargasso Sea
Jean Rhys, in my opinion, tells the story in fragments to reveal the points of view of the two characters. We see who these people really are and are given definite explanations as to why the story progresses as it does. We also are given the meaning behind Antionette’s and the young Englishman’s actions throughout the story.
The significance of the last paragraph, line, or image of each part is that there’s always the message, or idea, that she is always searching. Searching for something better.
Christophine’s purpose in the story is to have the role of a mother figure. She treats Antoinette with respect and gives her the love and nurturing she needs to grow as a person. Antoinette can look up to and rely on Christophine, something she doesn’t have the ability to do with others.
As a post colonial critique of Jane Eyre, or a reboot, the Wide Sargasso Sea causes its audience of both stories to rethink the characters of Rochester and Bertha. Personally, it made me come to the realization that Bertha wasn’t really all that crazy, and Rochester is/was a pompous ass.
When comparing the minor characters between Wide Sargasso Sea and Jane Eyre, I found quite a few different similarities between them. First off, Christophine and Bessie I found to be very similar, both having a kind-hearted character. They both picked up a broken girl and loved them, even though they had been given up by their families. Secondly, Amelie and Grace I found to be similar because they both seem to be hiding their own secrets within their stories. They both seem to know more than what they are saying they do, and I feel in a way, that it haunts them throughout their stories.
I feel that Wide Sargasso Sea is indeed an example of Feminine Ecriture, including Part 2. This is because Jean Rhys is writing in the point of view of a female character. This female character is going through troubles and is making it a point to fight her demons, whether they be metaphorical or literal. Specifically, in this story, the demons are the idea of a male-centered atmosphere, and the image of women in that atmosphere. Jean’s writing also seems to be strongly influenced by emotions and what Freud may consider to be the unconscious mind.