Essay on The Emotional Journey in Wide Sargasso Sea

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The novel Wide Sargasso Sea isn't just a prequel to Jane Eyre, but rather a significant re-writing of the classic Victorian aged writings. This time around Antoinette (Bertha) Mason, a young Creole girl living in the British Colony of Jamaica, and Rochester's marriage is no longer a harsh sub-story. It is actually the main plot in which the genders battle over emotional and economical control. Throughout the blend of twisted romance, island mystery, and deceptive magic, the deep rooted love themes appear. The many emotions of desire, lust, trust, and happiness are portrayed, but also hate, fear, and jealousy. Romantic love, or dreamy love, is continuously portrayed in the novel as the characters bring it into their relationships. They…show more content…
He wants to own her completely, and her fortune and her body are not enough. He has to own her entire sense of self, but to do that, he has to destroy her sanity. Another example is shown in the quote, “All the mad conflicting emotions had gone and left me wearied and empty. Above all I hated her. For she belonged to the magic and the loveliness. She had left me thirsty and all my life would be thirst and longing for what I had lost before I found it. (II.8.33-4)” Here we get some insight into how love and hate can be so closely intertwined for Rochester. If he seeks to own Antoinette’s body and soul, it's to fill a void within him. But even though Rochester is repulsed by Antoinette, he still needs her as a reminder of what that something is. “When man don't love you, more you try, more he hate you, man like that. If you love them they treat you bad, if you don't love them they after you night and day bothering your soul case out. (II.5.1.14),” is a great example of how Christophine is using one of those clichés of “playing hard-to-get” and “he's just not into you” to make a point. Christophine is also touching on the basic problem with the way Rochester's desire works. He seeks to own things and shows this by possessing Antoinette. Once she's his, he loses interest because he doesn't need to pursue her anymore. "If I could die. Now, when I am happy. You wouldn't have to kill me. Say die and I will die. I watched her die many

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