Wide Sargasso Sea By Jhumpa Lahiri

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In the novel Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys and the short story “The Treatment of Bibi Haldar” by Jhumpa Lahiri, both stories manage to have many similarities. Jean Rhys and Jhumpa Lahiri write about how both characters, Antoinette and Bibi Haldar, are unaccepted by their societies. Antoinette and Bibi Haldar are misfits in their communities because they do not conform to cultural norms, their communities and peers believe they have illnesses, and both come from dysfunctional families. In Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys and the short story “The Treatment of Bibi Haldar” by Jhumpa Lahiri, both authors use the characters stories, memories, and communities’ treatment to argue that they were outcasts because of the patriarchal society they live in. In Wide Sargasso Sea, the main character is Antoinette Cosway. She is a young Creole woman who comes from a dysfunctional family. Her father, Alexander Cosway, dies before his character could be introduced. He was a former slave owner who had a plantation, Coulibri Estate, and was very wealthy. His name was tainted because his fondness of alcohol and he recklessly spent his money. People visited her father, Alexander Cosway, when he was alive, but not her or her mother, Annette. Antoinette asked her mother “why so few people came to see [them,] she told [Antoinette] that the road from Spanish Town to Coulibri Estate where [they] lived was very bad and that road repairing was now a thing of the past” (Rhys 15). In that quote,…
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