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Jane Eyre Learning Guide To truly understand Wide Sargasso Sea in all its complexity, you have to understand its dialogue with Jane Eyre, one of the great classics of Victorian literature. Rhys counters with a far more complicated, human Antoinette – compared to Charlotte Brontë's beastly, monstrous Bertha Mason – but there are also many affinities and parallels between the two novels.
Bertha Mason For more detail on Brontë's vampire-like madwoman in the attic, see our character guide for Bertha.