KARE DERGİ Karşılaştırmalı Edebiyat Dergisi Journal of Comparative Literature

GIVING VOICE TO A VICTORIAN MUTED CHARACTER: JEAN RHYS’S WIDE SARGASSO SEA

Author: Hatice EŞBERK
Publication Date: 2017
Issue Number: 1
Pages: 48-54
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ABSTRACT
The relationship between the center and the periphery has always been a significant issue in the world of literature. The aim of postcolonial writing in identifying this relationship has provided a great number of works by various writers. Jean Rhys is among the writers to fulfill one of the functions of literary writing which is to give voice to the silenced. Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea illustrates
the voice of the muted Victorian character; Bronte’s Jane Eyre. The dominant patriarchal discourse that victimizes the female character is represented in Bronte’s novel. However, Rhys subverts this discourse through revealing the effects of slavery, social position of women and their struggle against the patriarchal system. The image of passive ‘mad woman in the attic’ is transformed into a woman who talks about the inequalities and the unseen behind the surface. Therefore, in this study Rhys’s novel is analyzed to reflect how the text displays the binary relation between the colonizers and the colonized.

 

Keywords: Post-Polonial Writing, Wide Sargasso Sea, Jane Eyre, Colonizers
and The Colonized as Binaries.