Jean Rhys and Charlotte Bronte The use of symbolism in the presentation of characters by Jenia Geraghty I began to see and acknowledge the hand of God in my doom. I began to experience remorse, repentance; the wish for reconcilement to my Maker I often wonder who I am and where is my country and where do I belong and why was I ever born at all Charlotte Bronte and Jean Rhys composed their novels in different centuries and came from very different backgrounds. However despite these disparities the use of symbolism in their narratives can be compared.
Themes and motifs are constantly repeated in Bronte's 'Jane 'Eyre'. And these are taken up, again, in Rhys's 'Wide Sargasso Sea'. We recognise patterns and parallels, throughout both stories.
However, there is more to this ostensibly two-dimensional character. The 'cunning' Bertha, whose 'vices sprang up fast and rank', is 'a bad, mad, and embruted partner'; Jane, however, is 'discreet' and 'thoroughly modest and sensible'. The contrast is both mental and physical. Rochester criticises women with 'a perspective of flatness, triviality, … imbecility, coarseness, and ill-temper'.
In Jane, he found a 'clear eye and eloquent tongue'; in Bertha he perceived a 'cast of mind common, low, narrow, and singularly incapable of being led to anything higher'.
She is blamed, hated and considered a curse. Thus Bronte implies that Bertha, too, is in need of 'correction' for her foreign 'defects'. While Bertha may be considered the antagonist of Jane, she is also her literary double.
Like Jane, she falls in love with Rochester. Like Jane, she is passionate. At the age of ten, after fighting off her bullying cousin, Jane, far from being considered modest and good, was described, by her aunt, as 'the most wicked and abandoned child ever reared' and 'a picture of passion'.
Bronte emphasises the similarities by incarcerating both characters; Jane as a child and Bertha as an adult. As with Bertha, Jane's mental health is questioned.
The servants were 'incredulous of [her] sanity' and believed that 'it was always in her'. Rochester claims that Bertha 'came of a mad family', the inference being that 'it was always in her', too.
Jane felt like a 'revolted slave'; Bertha came from the slave-ridden West Indies. Mad Woman in the Attic.Wild Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys - beautiful, dramatic prose set in the West Indies.
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