The life of antoinette cosway in wide sargasso sea by jean rhys

The solitary nature of both girls can be traced to their interactions with their mothers.

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Her father died when she was young. Rhys, J. He makes empty promises to come to her more but sees less of her. Rochester gaslights, manipulates and deliberately confuses Antoinette, whose instincts are correct in warning her off him. He is tapping into common British ideas at the time of the degeneration of white people in the tropics, ideas still current into the 20th century. Mason sends her to live with a couple who torment her until she dies, and Antoinette does not see her again. Her mother devoted much of her time to the sick son, looked after him and sent for a doctor, thus paid little attention to her. Lee Erwin describes this paradox through the scene in which Antoinette's first house is burned down and she runs to Tia, a black girl her own age, to "be like her". They are totally different in thoughts and behaviors. Rhys, herself a white Creole, born and raised in Dominica, expands on this to re-imagine Antoinette whose story, set in the West Indies, serves as a prequel to Jane Eyre. Antoinette, as the daughter of the declined slaveholder, is doomed to disappear with the slavery. Porter made a comparison between the heroines and victims of Jane Eyre [2]. She is a tragic figure. Chen, L. For example, Liping Chen has focused on the identity crisis undergone by Antoinette Cosway and Edward Rochester to illustrate the phantasmatic nature of White identity [3].

Their marriage is doomed to be a tragedy. But Rochester accepted the marriage just for the money rather than the love. Adversity coupled with misfortune gloomed her totally and nearly suffocated her. Unfortunately, she marries a man who does not love her.

Rochester describes his arrival in the West Indies, his marriage and its disastrous sequel. In reality, it is Rochester who has been game-playing and deceiving and the servants shrug and jeer at him, not her.

She flees to the house of Christophine, the servant woman who raised her. She lived in England and France for the rest of her life.

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Wikimedia Commons Christophine, rumoured to be an obeah woman, has been both a slave and servant of the Cosway and Mason families and is hired when Antoinette and Rochester honeymoon at Granbois, an estate in Dominica.

Neither of them found the new climate to be welcoming.

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For example, Liping Chen has focused on the identity crisis undergone by Antoinette Cosway and Edward Rochester to illustrate the phantasmatic nature of White identity [3].

Rochester gaslights, manipulates and deliberately confuses Antoinette, whose instincts are correct in warning her off him.

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The Analysis of Antoinette’s Tragic Fate in Wide Sargasso Sea