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Antoinette and Annette become victims of traumatic experience as they . In the novel Wide Sargasso Sea, Antoinette marries with British Thus, their ideas are regarding trauma in relation to gender, racial and cultural issue. In this excerpt from Jean Rhys's highly acclaimed novel Wide Sargasso Sea, the . illustrated in Rhys's portrayal of Annette, the Creole mother of Antoinette who, Antoinette signifies her strong connection to the Caribbean environment and. Annette Cosway Mason. BACK · NEXT. Character Analysis. A native of Martinique like Christophine, Annette is Antoinette's mother, and functions in the novel as.
A woman is raped but the rapist escapes without punishment in the gender biased society. Black women are obliged to hide the reality in order to protect her from social criticism. In this way, women have been victimized since the time immemorial.
As far as Victorian society of England is concerned, it was entirely male dominated society.
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Males were all in all. Males are at the top position in the spheres like education, politics, bureaucracy, church, trade and commerce. The contemporary society has gender bias, racist and colonial mindset that made the female victimized of traumatic experience. Therefore, women in Victorian society are far back in comparison to men.
Women lived in strict society in terms of social norms and values, religious rites and rituals. Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea is written in the meaning of gender and ethnicity, sexuality and national identity, mentioned socio-economic and cultural context.
In the novel, Rhys portrays female character Antoinette as the protagonist of the novel. Antoinette narrates her traumatic experience since her childhood up to her adulthood. In her narrative, she describes every event which is remarkable in her life.
In English colonial society women are straddled between the divide of human and savage, core and periphery, self and others. Antoinette describes that she was physically and emotionally tortured since she was a Creole, poor, and less attractive child.
In Victorian period property and beauty were highly valued. Kali Tal in her book Worlds of Hurt states that domestic violence on women, brutal attack becomes usual practice and that is the major cause of their trauma of gender. She writes, "Each of the traumas discussed has as its victims a certain groups of persons definable by characteristics of race, sex, religion and geographical location" Kali Tal talks about the victim of race, sex and religion. In the case of Antoinette she is victimized by white British colonizers.
She has no chance to escape because Victorian society of England is male dominated society. Antoinette describes her accounts of physical and emotional torture in the following excerpt: I Antoinette never looked at any strange Negro. They called as white cockroaches. Let sleeping dogs lie. One day a little girl followed me singing, Go away white cockroach, go away, go away. I walked fast, but she walked faster. White cockroach, go away, go away. This victory of a junior girl over senior girl is what culture has taught him.
The "white cockroaches" as they are scornfully called by the blacks, are truly displaced persons, unable to employ the new labor force. She lives in the painfully ambiguous limbo of the person who belongs or is accepted in neither the black nor the white society.
Black people are double marginalized in the contemporary society because a little white girl chases senior white girl. The existence of black people is painful, they have no identity, value and meaningless. A girl is singing a song which she cannot understand. Within colonial mentality, a girl follows her and sings a song to go away, go away, go away white cockroach.
Antoinette has been psychologically and physically victimized. In this regard, Kali Tal writes: The speech of survivors, then, is highly politicized. I "telling it like it was" threaten the status-quo; powerful political, economic and social forces will pressure survivors either to keep their silence or to revise their stories.
If the survivor community is a marginal one, their voices will be drowned out by those with the influence and resources to silence them. Black people are colonized by English white people. That is why; it focuses on the interaction between survivors as individuals. Antoinette is dominated by her husband because of his colonial mentality.
That is why, she is victimized. Antoinette is physically and mentally tortured in the following way: Do you think they know? That is why; she falls under the undecided and uncertain facts. Here, the symbolic meaning of a snake is unseen form of colonizers.
The nineteenth century in England is seen extremely gender-biased social practice. Such situation causes trauma of gender in the women. It is an externally imposed silence. Judith Herman in her book Trauma and Recovery states that domestic violence on women, brutal attack becomes usual practice, and that is the major cause of their trauma of gender.
Rape, battery, and other forms of sexual and domestic violence are so common a part of women's lives that they can hardly be described as outside the range of ordinary experience. As it currently stands, then, PTSD still does not fit accurately enough the symptoms associated with the brutality quotidian experience of sexual and domestic violence, the latter of which is often far more complicated because the victim finds it difficult to escape.
Amelie has no chance to escape because all members of servants hate her. She is a slave, who does not own land and home. That is why, she cannot do anything. White Englishman rapes the black servant. Amelie describes her accounts of physical and emotional torture in the following excerpt: But as soon as she was out of the room she began to sing.
The white Cockroach she marry The white cockroach she marry The white cockroach she buys young man The white cockroach she marry. Antoinette and Rochester quarrel because of letter written by Daniel Cosway about the history of Antoinette. On the angry mood Rochester seduces his servant Amelie who belongs to a black community. She unknowingly expresses her traumatic pain through singing a song. She tries to get relief from the dominated society but cannot because the Victorian society of England as the male dominated society.
That is why; gender discrimination is intensified by colonialist ideology.
Mother-Daughter Dynamics in Wide Sargasso Sea and Jane Eyre
Women cannot do anything whatever they like, they do not have their own existence. That is why, they depend upon the male.
Males are all in all. In the context of Wide Sargasso Sea, Antoinette states how women are supposed to appear in the house, society, and in social gathering. Moreover, male wishes to confine woman within domestic affairs. They have given very genuine works that earn least from the economic perspective.
Here, she presents Rochester's narrative to critique the nature of works allowed by the men, Antoinette critiques: I tell you no. Her father old Mister Cosway swear like half past midnight- she pick it up from him. And once, when she was little she run away to be with the fisherman and the sailors on the bayside. She raised her eyes to the ceiling. She comes back copying them. She doesn't understand what she says. The fact that women's lives are defined by the ideology of domestic arena is acknowledged, unvalued, and invisible in economic statistics, largely explains their resource less status and points to some radical ways of tackling the problem.
Women are confined to the domestic arena- a space where men rule over them as heads of the family while men spend most of their time in the public realm. Antoinette's relationship with Tia might have fixed her identity within the native Caribbean culture, the fracture of their friendship again capsulate Antoinette into racial ambiguity.
Antoinette's narrative is shaped by the uncertainties of navigating the boundaries between white British colonialism and West Indian culture. Tia belongs to a black community.
That is why, there is gap between white British colonialisms and West Indian colonized people. Antoinette indicates regarding race she internalizes and the fissures of her identity: That's what they call all of us who were here before their own people in Africa sold them to the slave traders.
And I have heard women call us white nigger. The economic collapse of the Caribbean after the s transformed the planter class into disenfranchised "white niggers" and "cockroaches", which forced them outside the rank of the new community of non-slaveholding English colonials. Urvashi Butalia in her book Other side of Silence comments upon the culture, race and political system which continues till now.
Women experiences from those of others political non-actors to enable us problematic the general experience of violence, dislocation and displacement from a gender perspective? How do we approach the question of identity, country and religion, of the intersection of community, state and gender? Males dominate women's experience in the public sphere.Literature Help: Novels: Plot Overview 538: Wide Sargasso Sea
By demonstrating particularly the complexities of women's position as subalterns under colonial hegemony, they navigate to the margins of history where women's stories have been exiled and move them to the center of literary discussion. Claiming female characters slaves recording their undocumented histories allow Caribbean women authors to illustrate the intricate connections between genre, gender and race.
Originality of woman in position is not existence. They are displaced and dislocated because of patriarchy and colonialism. British colonizers hate white Indian in different ways. They sing a song which cannot understand other colonized people. Did you hear what that girl was singing? Antoinette said I don't always understand what they say or song or and things else.
It was a song about a white cockroach. And I have heard English women call us white niggers. 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 will you go now please. Rhys's Creole women straddle the embattled divide between human and savage, core and periphery, self and other.
And yet, while the dramatic collapse of the Caribbean plantation economy in the s succeeded in transforming the class of affluent Creole planters into economically and culturally disenfranchised "white nigger" and "cockroaches" locating them outside the ranks of the new community of non-slave holding English colonials.
A woman is colonized racially and culturally. Both share the politics of oppression and repression. The boy was about fourteen and tall and big for his age, he had white skin, a dull ugly white covered with freckles, his mouth was negro's mouth and he had small eyes, like bits of green glass. He had the eyes of a dead fish. Worst, most horrible of all his hair was crinkled a Negro's hair, but bright red and his eyebrows and eyelashes were red.
White skin, Negro mouth, the colors of white man and the textures of his debased Negro counterpart are carelessly shown together here into the corporeal pattern for the Creole grotesque. The unequal relationship between men and women as well as colonizer and colonized is in the form of unequal distribution of power in both England and Jamaica.
In Worlds of Hurt: Reading of the Literatures of Trauma, Kali Tal argues that literature of trauma consists of only the writing of victims and survivors of trauma.
Traumatic events are thought to involve victimized of the threat of victimization. Events such as witness, violence, unprovoked physical attack rape, physical, emotional or sexual child abuse and even the sudden death or disabling illness of a loved one are those generally considered to be traumatic.
Traumatic events in particular way lead to a multitude of symptoms, including depression anxiety, guilt and obsessive thought about the victimization experience. Antoinette and Rochester arrive in the boundary of 'Granbois', Antoinette smiles at him.
It is the first time she smiles simply and naturally. They are in Dominica, for their honeymoon and discuss on the significance of the place to live. They are enjoying each other near the sea. A group of Negros was standing at the foot all the veranda steps. Antoinette ran across the law and as I followed her I collided with a boy coming in the opposite direction.
He rolled his eyes, looking alarmed and went on towards the horses without a word of apology. A man's voice said, ' Double up now doubles up. A woman a girl and a tall dignified man were together. When Antoinette collies with a boy, he rolls his eyes looking alarmed. He does not apologize for her. The nineteenth century society asserts that males are superior and females are inferior.
Antoinette cannot speak with him. There is no matter what the woman says and how much she protests. It is the commanding voice by men in the Victorian society. Women's voice is submissive, demure and docile. Wide Sargasso Sea exposes the dominant imperial and patriarchal ideologies and denaturalizes the one charismas by which they construct their black others.
Antoinette, Annette and Christophine undergo the injustice like gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and physical assault, psychological pressure, racial discrimination by the patriarchal social norms, values and behaviors in the context of nineteenth century in England. Traumatic Recollection in Wide Sargasso Sea The present project shows the traumatic memory of the characters especially Antoinette, Annette and so on.
Trauma effects on the multiple personalities, paranoia, anger and sleep problem and difficulty trusting people and difficult relationship. Antoinette marries with Rochester. They decide to celebrate their honeymoon in Granbois. When they engage in their honeymoon in Granbois, share their past events on traumatic memory. Traumatic memory illuminates an emerging domain of social responsibility and political action. In so far as the identity the cause of trauma, and thereby assume such moral responsibility members of collectives define their solidarity relationship in ways that in principle allow them to share the suffering of others by denying the reality of others suffering often project the responsibility for their own suffering on those others.
No one can help her social, economical, and other factors of the social norms. She lived with her child. The family is financially ruined. They are ostracized by both black and white communities in the Island.
Annette married with Mr. Antoinette lived with her aunt Cora. Her aunt behaves her as a cruel. She cannot read well because her aunt behaves her indifference. Her brother Pierre died because of burned house. That is why, she memories traumatic memory in her life. The memory is an integral of part of a trauma theory and analysis. Amelie, Antoinette and Rochester have a lot of memories, flashing out from nowhere. The researcher takes example of Antoinette who remembers her days at journey from Jamaica: Oh no 'she sounded shocked.
Something must have happened a long time ago. The rain fall more heavily, huge drops sounded like hail on the leaves of the tree, and the sea crept stealthily forwards and backwards. So this is massacre. Not the end of the world, only the last stage of our interminable journey from Jamaica, the start of our sweet honeymoon. And it will all look very different in the sun. She remembers the flashback event that is heavy rainfall and sea crept stealthily forwards and backwards in the same time to kill large number of people in the journey from Jamaica.
Here, the researcher points out trauma of female characters in a novel. She even thinks she deserves it. She surrenders to her plight like a traumatized person.
Memoir reveals how our desire for such memories of difficult lives has created an atmosphere conducive to fraud, but I want to suggest there is more to be said about the relation between the phenomenon of false memoir and the common interest in trauma.
Traumatic memory is imbedded deeply in the psyche of characters. The survivor victims undergo trauma. Immediately, it appears after the event triggers psychologically and unburdens the pain and horror. Through the analysis of trauma that reawakening flashback of traumatic expressed in the form of dream. Antoinette expresses her dream: Again, I have left the house at Coulibri. It is still night and I am walking towards the forest.
I am wearing a long dress and thin slippers so I walk with difficulty, following the man who is with me and holding up the skirt of the dress. Through interactions with a black playmate named Tia, the reader observes Antoinette taking on more black characteristics in her attempts at friendship with a dark-skinned child.
Like her mother before her, Antoinette tries to gain acceptance among whites as well in order to form her identity. Equally significant, Antoinette expresses to Christophine her deep desire for Rochester to love and accept her, which prompts her to look to her black nurse to grant this wish through an obeah potion.
By forming such labels of Antoinette as temptress, witch, doll, hysteric and ghost, Rochester seeks to control her view of herself and therefore gain power over his own insecurities, which are embodied in her and the unfamiliar Caribbean culture.
For example, the looking glass motif remains one of the most notable of these images, following Antoinette and her family throughout the entire story. In the words of Sandra M. By controlling the way in which women view themselves, the patriarchal European society has the power to continue its subjugation of females and maintain the status quo. When Antoinette grows older and encounters the same relentless system of patriarchy in the form of arranged marriage and the loss of her inheritance, Rhys uses an eerily similar selection of words to describe this noticeable aspect of her appearance as well.
Unlike her mother, Antoinette is able to erase the worn crease on her forehead, foreshadowing the eventual overthrow of patriarchal influence over her identity. Antoinette claims that she knows the woman reflected back to her, and, in turn, the reader can recognize this image of her as the same hysteric but silent ghost that society labeled her insane mother. It is in this brilliant glow that her own unique identity takes shape, and she uses it to destroy the power that patriarchy and colonization exerted over her life in the past.
This association of light and warmth with the character of Antoinette signifies her strong connection to the Caribbean environment and links her vibrant personality with the flamboyant colors of the island itself. Similarly, readers witness her strong identification with her Caribbean heritage through the use of such symbols as fire and the red dress, which still carries the sweet aroma of tropical flowers.
In spite of its relative brevity, Wide Sargasso Sea contains an extraordinary amount of depth and a seemingly limitless number of facets from which one can discover new truths. Instead, this strong Creole woman is composed of a mixture of socially ascribed qualities that negate themselves, leaving only the autonomous femininity she sees modeled in Christophine and her rich Caribbean culture.
On the contrary, however, Rhys does not portray a character who recovers her sense of self from the merciless clutches of an unjust society, but rather discovers it amidst the very social constraints that culture imposes upon her.