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Wide sargasso sea as a postcolonial work of literature
Transcript of Wide sargasso sea as a postcolonial work of literature
It also uses two aspects of humanity that have two opposite ends and produces them as nothing to do with each other. Then “a savage is everything that a civilized man is not”, Antoinette is everything that Mr. Rochester is not and the colonized need to be colonized to learn from their superiors. This tendency attempts to underline and reject some typical aspects of imperialist literature and conscience is a practice of post colonialism which wants to deconstruct the logic and the ideology of the “west”.
The two characters combine to offer the reader an attempt to confront the stubborn and imperialistic ideologies of Rochester by emphasizing on Antoinette’s point of view, thus the perspective of the colonized people
The rewriting of colonial superiority is a liberating act for those from the previous colonies. Rhys's text is coming to terms with European perceptions of the Caribbean creole community. This is a character who is particularly influenced by Christophine (who is a symbol for independence and has risen out of oppression by escaping unfair imprisonment).
As we read in the text “white teeth and postcolonial literature”, a colonial discourse writes about the relationships between west and east or colonial and native peoples in such a way as to assume a tacit superiority of the westerns and inferiority of the colonized peoples.
This kind of literature overthrows the imperial privileges in order to give voice to that outcast which has been silent for so long, the point of view of those who have been considered inferior for unjustified reasons and the voice of a degraded and displaced native culture.
Therefore in her novel Rhys intended to demonstrate how the other, the different could abandon the marginal role and become essential and central.
“the lord makes no distinction between black and white, black and white the same for him”
”we ate English food now, beef and mutton, pies and pudding”(16)
“glad to be like an English girl”,
“So between you I often wonder who I am and where is my country and where do I belong and why was I ever born at all”.
“her coffee was delicious but her language is horrible”
“he hasn’t learned any English that I can understand”.
“I too old now”
“she pretty like pretty self”
“read and write I don’t know”.
“too large and can be disconcerting (…) long, sad, dark, alien eyes” (37).
“pure English decent she may be, but they are not English or European either”(37).
“I wonder why I never realized how beautiful she was”(46)
“I don’t love her. I was thirsty for her, but that is not love (…) she was a stranger to me, a stranger who did not think of feel like as I did” (56).
The moment he turn Antoinette into Bertha is emblematic because this means that Rochester belong to a patriarchal world were woman are luxury item to be bought, enjoyed and discarded
Rochester fits the profile of a traditional and stereotypical salve-owner in the way he relates with Amelie, as if she was just another commodity to be exploited.