Literary Analysis of Wide Sargasso Sea

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By depicting Antoinette as an excitable and naïve creole women in the BBC adaption of Wide Sargasso Sea. Maher Invites the audience to view Antoinette as being somewhat immature, indecisive and unworldly. This portrayal effectively shapes the audiences’ elucidation of Rochester’s and Antoinette’s relationship. Rochester is exemplified as a rather demur and stern character who has a sizeable influence over Antoinette. Rochester is seen as the controlling adult, Antoinette as the subservient child. This is a clear adaption from Jean Rhys’s novel, in which Antoinette is seen to be much a more independent, worldly and liberated women. The BBC production tenaciously omits dialogue and scenes that depict Antoinette as lieutenant decisive and free-minded. In the film, her juvenile traits and childish imagination are emphasised. Maher has achieved this through the use of numerous production elements. The use of bright lighting, a vibrant and effervescent colour pallet, expressive dialogue and child-like mannerisms used when filming Antoinette. This characterisation of Antoinette encourages the audiences to regard her as somewhat emotionally stunted, her immaturity, a visible scar of the torment she was forced to endure as a young girl. The hierarchical ( means ordered, one of higher power) relationship between Antoinette and Rochester acts as a fitting analogy for the relationship between the European settlers and the Jamaica’s. Europe is seen as an entity that yields unlimited, and highly influential power, whereas the West Indies is seen as the victim of the colonizers, with little freedom or control. The deliberate inclusion of Antoinette’s childlike mannerisms, is intentionally used by Maher to communicate a sense of weakness and dependency within Antoinette. In the scene where Rochester and Antoinette visit the watering hole, the first image we are presented

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