Book Review: Jean Rhys' 'Wide Sargasso Sea'

543 Words Feb 3rd, 2018 2 Pages
The writer focused on providing a realistic display concerning feelings in former British colonies as individuals struggle to reclaim their cultural identity in environments destroyed as a consequence of oppression occurring during British influence.
The first part of the novel focuses extensively on people who were formerly slaves working on plantations owned by Creoles. Conditions in the West Indies at the beginning of the nineteenth century were critical when considering former slaves. These people still encountered difficulty integrating society because the masses were reluctant to accept them as being equal. This meant that former slaves needed to go through great efforts in order to earn a living and needed to employ ignorant attitudes in order to be able to go through the day without feeling miserable as a result of common episodes of discrimination.
Even with the fact that Jamaica was no longer a slavery-supporting country by the time that the protagonist, Antoinette, is born, one is likely to observe how relations continue to be tensed between former slaves and masters. While many readers are likely to focus on more evident themes throughout the novel, race and the aftermath of slavery are also important in shaping much of the text. Jamaica is a particularly complex society and it is difficult for someone in the novel to…
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