Wide Sargasso Sea Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of Wide Sargasso Sea

Remember the madwoman in the attic in Jane Eyre? Jean Rhys has rewritten this classic story from her point of view. According to Rhys, Mr Rochester's first wife was a Creole heiress who he fell in love with in her Jamaican home, but who was too wild & free to be accepted in polite Victorian society. His denial of her drives lead her to distraction & her story is told in an imaginative & sensitive manner.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   19th century Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   playing footsy while inconveniently married Inside culture (main char)    -   Black Other aspects:    -   immigrant story Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Husband Culture clash?    -   Being oppressed by outside culture Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Outside culture (society)    -   European Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Woman's story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Age:    -   20's-30's


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   The Caribbean Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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