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Rochester and Bertha in Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea: An Impossible Match Laura Deneke

Rochester and Bertha in Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea: An Impossible Match

Laura Deneke

Published November 21st 2007
ISBN : 9783638670548
Paperback
52 pages
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Scholarly Paper (Advanced Seminar) aus dem Jahr 2005 im Fachbereich Anglistik - Literatur, einseitig bedruckt, Note: 1.0, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Veranstaltung: The Victorian Afterlife, 12 Eintragungen imMoreScholarly Paper (Advanced Seminar) aus dem Jahr 2005 im Fachbereich Anglistik - Literatur, einseitig bedruckt, Note: 1.0, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Veranstaltung: The Victorian Afterlife, 12 Eintragungen im Literaturverzeichnis, Sprache: Englisch, Abstract: Bertha Mason in Charlotte Bront s Jane Eyre is a character without history or personality. She is depicted as a mere beast, bent on destroying her husband. The reader knows -and dreads- her from both Janes and Rochesters perspective. Rochester claims that Berthas lunacy was the sole trigger for the disaster that followed, but the narration reveals hints that suggest other factors may have contributed to the destruction of their marriage. Jean Rhys proposed a past for Bertha and her husband. Her novel Wide Sargasso Sea creates a life for Bertha, on the background of which her madness is neither surprising nor inevitable. Whereas there is no doubt that she does become insane at the end of Rhyss novel, the reason for this is not her evil nature but a destructive relationship along with her transportation away from everything she ever knew into the cold of England. Wide Sargasso Sea is more than a prequel to a famous Victorian novel. It speaks out not only for Bertha but for all the other West Indian women who found themselves in similar situations.