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Introduction

Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys the author of this novel wanted us to believe Antoinette's side of the story. The whole purpose of writing this novel was to allow Bertha Mason the mad woman in the attic from Jane Eyre, to reclaim her identity as Antoinette Cosway and give her a voice, so Rhys ought to make Antoinette's narrative sound more believable than the husband's. Rhys was also a feminist born to a creole mother so it is much more likely that she took Antoinette's side rather than her husband's. Reading the novel I would have believed Antoinette Cosway's narrative voice regardless of the author's background and origin. Perhaps because we were given a clearer background about Antoinette's life. ...read more.

Middle

He used to lie to her, "...I am distraught,' I said. But this was untrue, I was not distraught , I was calm...". He always seemed to create a barrier between her and himself, once when she tried opening up to him he stopped her , "...If this is a sad story, don't tell it to me tonight...". He could never get himself to like her just because she was different, not English. " I did not love her. I was thirsty for her, but that is not love. I felt very little tenderness for her, she was a stranger who did not think or feel as I did." Eventually the husband was completely sure that Antoinette was mad, " They knew. ...read more.

Conclusion

In many situations his thoughts and actions would make him seem a little insane himself. Especially when his thoughts and ideas contradict each other completely, and the mixed feelings he felt towards Antoinette and the Caribbean. " I hated the mountains and the hills , the rivers and the rain. I hated the sunsets of whatever colour, I hated its beauty and its magic and the secret I would never know. I hated its indifference and the cruelty which was part of it loveliness. Above all I hated her. For she belonged to the magic and the loveliness." I concluded that neither of them were mad so I cannot judge their narratives according to their sanity. So I thought that Antoinette's narrative was more believable. Rund Al Dwaik-11IB ...read more.

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