The Theme of Misunderstanding in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea

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The Theme of Misunderstanding in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea

In both classical novels Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte a Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys the theme of misunderstanding is represented very widely. Both Victorian era dramatical romantic fictions have some impact in them from their respective authors. Bronte's lonliness is transformed into Jane Eyre's Character whom mostly all characters in the novel misunderstand her until they truly get to recognize her which is towards the end of the novel.

Jane Eyre! Such a cute little responsible girl. Not everybody sees her that way even though Charlotte Bronte portrayed her to the best of her ability. Jane looks for her true identity as she is
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Rochester that she doesn’t even take a glance at Rochester’s past and the ironic events which took place at the Thornfield Hall. To her when she finds out from kind Mr. Richard Mason, Bertha’s beloved brother, that Bertha is an insane first Mrs. Rochester, she just runs away to avoid the temptation. Jean Rhys like Jane invests some events and facts from her life into the character and life of protagonists in their own respective way into their novels. Wide Sargasso Sea, the background novel of Jane Eyre, is instead in Bertha’s point of view which also includes "Antoinette (Bertha's alter ego) who is a creole woman like Jean Rhys herself ," because they both spoke "Carribean language derived from combination of English and French." who was sometimes misunderstood along with the mistreatments done on her. Bertha is just mentally ill and has memory loss problem which leads to her being locked away in a room where there is nothing but her bed. “There is one window high up- you cannot see out of it. My bed had doors but they have been taken away. There is not much else in the room,” as exclaimed by Bertha from Wide Sargasso Sea.

“I thought that when I saw him and spoke to him I would be wise as serpents, harmless as doves. ‘I will give you all I have freely,’ I would say, ‘and I will not trouble you again if you will let me go.’ But he never came,” exclaims Bertha. She just wants freedom. Just give it to her for God Sake! would you? Stop
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