Wide Sargasso Sea, Part I: Pages 17-76

I actually started from the beginning because I figured it wouldn’t make much sense if I started in the middle. It didn’t help much. Here’s what’s on the back:

Jean Rhys’s reputation was made upon the publication of this passionate and heartbreaking novel, in which she brings into the light one of fiction’s most mysterious characters: the madwoman in the attic from Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. Set in the Caribbean, it’s heroine is Antoinette Cosway, a sensual and protected young woman who is sold into marriage to the prideful Rochester. In this best-selling novel, Rhys portrays a society so driven by hatred, so skewed in its sexual relations, that it can literally drive a woman out of her mind.

I know that the point of view switches between Antoinette and Rochester, but beyond that, I’m not sure I know what is going on. I read it, but I can’t make any sense of it. Hopefully it will make sense when we go over it in class tomorrow. I’ll share what I learn.

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