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Wide Sargasso Sea

Wide Sargasso Sea


by Jean Rhys

Analysis: Allusions

When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Literary and Philosophical References

  • Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre – the novel as a whole tells the story of Bertha Mason, a character in Jane Eyre, but here are the explicit allusions: II.5.2.14; II.6.6.41; III.6.1; III.7.4
  • Lord Byron (II.1.2.38)
  • Sir Walter Scott (II.1.2.38)
  • Thomas de Quincey, Confessions of an Opium Eater (II.1.2.38)
  • François de Malherbe, "Consolation à M. du Périer" (II.3.3.19)
  • William Shakespeare, Othello (II.3.5.40)
  • William Shakespeare, Macbeth (II.7.4)

Biblical References

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