Click on a book cover to find more Othello A Study Commentary The Commentary's line-by-line analysis gives students insight into the play's detail, and helps them develop the skills of close textual comment. It also encourages them to think about what Shakespeare is trying to do and how he is trying to do it. It also assists them with their course work and helps them prepare for whatever they may face in the final exam. Hamlet A Study Commentary The Commentary, scholarly in its focus yet informal in its tone, looks at the play in a refreshingly different way.
Have you ever considered that she may have a tale to tell? Jean Rhys has, and she tells it to you in all its traumatic colours. Bronte describes her as a semi-human, an animal that growls and raves as she stalks the hall of Thornfield like some unidentifiable spectre.
But what drove her to this state? What made her this way? Well the simple answer is a man named Rochester. As the second son of a rich family, he needed a means of creating his own wealth. What's the answer to his problem? Marry some rich girl and steal all her money and not worry about the consequences, but there more to it than this.
Do you remember that scene in Jane Eyre where Rochester tries to dominate Jane and make her into something else by picking out her clothes? Perhaps Bertha had this but on a more intense scale. Rhys names the character Antoinette, a name Rochester refuses to use when he learns of her past.
Antoinette has a family history of insanity on the maternal side, but, again there is more to it than this. What creates this insanity? For Antoinette it is the simple of act of belonging nowhere. She is a hybrid, a figure that walks between cultures.
As a white European girl she was raised in Jamaica; thus, she is neither fully Jamaican nor European. This sounds very similar to the role of the governess, a figure that belonged to no particular class structure. Neither culture would accept Antoinette as one of their own, as she herself recognises: So between you I often wonder who I am and where is my country and where do I belong and why was I ever born at all.
Could she really be this happy? This man offers her hope and a new life, but it is all a lie. When she finds out it breaks her. The last bastion of refuge shatters and she realises her hate for this false man: Rochester takes his grief stricken wife home, and shoves her in an attic.
He finds himself utterly shocked at the manifestation of her madness. We cannot blame Bronte for her depiction of Bertha. Bronte wrote during the peak of the British Empire; these ideas were imbedded into her cultural psyche: Bronte was unconsciously aware of this; she even went as far as to apologise at a later date for her depiction of Bertha.
But that is not to overlook the phenomenal achievements of Jane Eyre. It does wonders for recognising the voice of women; however, Jean Rhys just goes a little bit further.It looks like you've lost connection to our server.
Please check your internet connection or reload this page. Lauren Elkin's essays have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times Book Review, frieze, and The Times Literary Supplement, and she is a contributing editor at The White Review.A native New Yorker, she moved to Paris in Currently living on the Right Bank after years on the Left, she can generally be found ambling around Belleville.
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