The Analysis of Antoinette’s Tragic Fate in Wide Sargasso Sea


Wide Sargasso Sea is the masterpiece of British woman writer Jean Rhys. This novel is regarded as prequel of Jane Eyre. Antoinette is the heroine of the novel, who has a tragic fate which arises great sympathy among readers. The aim of this paper is to explore the causes that lead to her death, through analyzing the social context of her life, her growing family environment as well as her personal life path.

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Chen, L. (2014) The Analysis of Antoinette’s Tragic Fate in Wide Sargasso Sea. Open Journal of Social Sciences, 2, 19-23. doi: 10.4236/jss.2014.212004.

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