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Wide Sargasso Sea Summary and Analysis of Part 1, Section 1
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As the novel opens, we learn that Antoinette lives with her mother, Annette, and her brother, Pierre, on their dilapidated estate, Coulibri, outside Spanish Town, Jamaica. Antoinette's father, Mr. Cosway, passed away some time before. The local whites look down on them because Annette is from Martinique, a French colony. We also learn that, due to the recent passage of the Emancipation Act, their plantation, like many of the other plantations on the island, has fallen into disrepair because they can't, sniff, exploit slave labor anymore for more historical context, see "Setting". Luttrell, a neighboring plantation owner who has also fallen on hard times, is so depressed that he shoots his dog and drowns himself in the ocean.
Antoinette, her disabled little brother Pierre and her young widowed mother live on their dilapidated sugar estate, Coulibri in Jamaica, at some time in the s. Their estate, like those of the other white estate owners or planters , is suffering economically. The sugar trade has declined after the Emancipation Act of when slaves were given their freedom. The family faces isolation, poverty, gossip from their white planter neighbours, as well as hostility and mockery from their former black slaves and servants. Antoinette discovers that the family's horse has been killed by poisoning. Part one, section 1 Wide Sargasso Sea pages 5 - 6: The advent of trouble … The brevity of mortal life Synopsis of part one, section 1 Antoinette, her disabled little brother Pierre and her young widowed mother live on their dilapidated sugar estate, Coulibri in Jamaica, at some time in the s. Commentary on part one, section 1 When Antoinette refers to being in a different rank , she expresses her family's sense of difference from the other planters and from richer white incomers now that they are poor.
As the novel opens, we learn that Antoinette lives with her mother, Annette, and her brother, Pierre, on their dilapidated estate, Coulibri, outside Spanish Town, Jamaica. Antoinette's father, Mr. Cosway, passed away some time before. Antoinette finds her mother's horse – it has.
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Part One, Section One
Antoinette's story is told from the time of her youth in Jamaica , to her unhappy marriage to a certain unnamed English gentleman, who renames her Bertha, declares her mad, and takes her to England. Antoinette is caught in an oppressive patriarchal society in which she fully belongs neither to Europe nor to Jamaica. Wide Sargasso Sea explores the power of relationships between men and women and develops postcolonial themes, such as racism, displacement, and assimilation. Rhys lived in obscurity after her previous work, Good Morning, Midnight , was published in She had published other novels between these works, but Wide Sargasso Sea caused a revival of interest in Rhys and her work and was her most commercially successful novel. The novel, initially set in Jamaica, opens a short while after the Slavery Abolition Act ended slavery in the British Empire on August 1, Part One takes place in Coulibri, a sugar plantation in Jamaica , and is narrated by Antoinette as a child.
Antoinette and her family do not fit in with the white people in Spanish Town. According to Christophine, the Jamaican ladies do not approve of Antoinette's mother, Annette, because she is too beautiful and young for her husband, and because she comes from Martinique which was then a French colony, whereas Jamaica was an English colony. When Antoinette asks her mother why so few people visit them at Coulibri Estate since her father's death, her mother makes excuses about the road being bad and travel being difficult. Annette's only friend is a neighbor named Mr. Luttrell, who suddenly and mysteriously shoots his dog and swims out to sea, never to return.
The novel is a vindicating howl of rage and injustice, and a skin-flaying revelation of personal sadism. Wide Sargasso Sea is also a valuable historical work, written in the s but set in the early s, which explores Victorian paternalism, sexualised racism and the complex social and political history of the West Indies. In the West Indian settings Rhys skilfully evokes the seething impulses of anger, trauma, fear, mockery and suspicion between, amongst, towards and from former slaves originally from Africa, black West Indian servants who are the children of slaves, mixed-race illegitimate children of white plantation owners who impregnated female slaves, non-white naturalised Creoles, former slave-owners, house masters, newly impoverished plantation owners, colonial interlopers and prospecting entrepreneurs wanting to buy derelict estates. Despite the ending of slavery, the story is far from over: violent justice, a raw fight for survival and the possibility of yet more waves of exploitation are still to come. The hierarchy of racial difference is finely demarcated and noticed by everyone. Antoinette is a lonely, intelligent, brooding individual who yearns for a mother figure and finds one in her maid and ex-slave Christophine , yet the reasons for the rejection of Antoinette by Annette her mother are never made clear, while slanderous lies fill the space of ignorance and doubt.