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This novel by Jean Rhys provides a back story to Rochester's hidden wife in the novel Jane Eyre. This mysterious and unknowable character is given voice in this precursor to the earlier novel. Beginning before the start of Jane Eyre, it explores Bertha's past before her marriage as well as during the early years of her relationship with Rochester. It also provides more historical context due to its focus on the tensions that were occurring in the Caribbean after the emancipation of slavery. This novel adds to a reading of Jane Eyre through its exploration of this character as well as through explaining more of the turmoil occurring in these English colonies at the time.
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Introduction- Wide Sargasso Sea
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Wide Sargasso Sea is both a response and a prequel to Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, set in the West Indies and imagining the lives of Bertha Mason and her family. Bidisha describes how Jean Rhys’s novel portrays the racial and sexual exploitation at the heart of western civilisation and literature.
The Sargasso Sea is part of the Atlantic Ocean north-east of the Caribbean. Cut off from ocean currents, it is relatively becalmed and harbours drifts of sargassum seaweed.
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