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Wide Sargasso Sea

Wide Sargasso Sea


by Jean Rhys

Wide Sargasso Sea Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. As we mentioned in our discussion of the ending (see "What's Up with the Ending?"), the last pages of the novel are pretty open-ended. Do you think Antoinette sets fire to Thornfield Hall and commits suicide in the end? If not, what are some other possible endings?
  2. Even though literary critics just call the male narrator "Rochester," the novel leaves the male narrator unnamed. Why is that?
  3. What exactly was the nature of Antoinette's relationship with Sandi Cosway? Why didn't Antoinette run off with Sandi?
  4. Do you think Christophine was a positive force in Antoinette's life, or do you think she was using her? Do you think other black characters manipulated the white characters for their own ends?
  5. What do you think of the representation of black characters in the book? Did you find them depicted in a stereotypically racist, psychologically flat way, or do you think there's more to the story?
  6. Do you think obeah "works," at least in the world of the novel? Do you see evidence of magic or magical events? If so, where? If not, why is obeah such a factor in the novel?
  7. How would the story be different if Antoinette were not a white Creole, but a black character? A colored character?
  8. Wide Sargasso Sea tells the story of a minor character in Jane Eyre. If you were to write a novel about one of the minor characters in Wide Sargasso Sea, who would it be? What would your story be about?

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