European Academic Research ISSN 2286-4822
ISSN-L 2286-4822
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Article Name :
Double Colonization in Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea: A Postcolonial Feminist Critique
Author Name :
Muhammad Azmat
Publisher :
Bridge Center
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Abstract :
The English colonial rule of the 19th century was undoubtedly based on an unequal power relationship and oppression of a great majority of the people and their lands in the world. The Carribean was one of the countries where the British colonists ruled with all might and sway, badly affecting the lives of its colonized people. Of these colonized people, it was the female colonized who suffered even more due to the additional patriarchal structure imposed on them as well. In this regard, Jean Rhys’s novel Wide Sargasso Sea (WSS) presents a faithful and comprehensive critique. For this purpose, first of all, the related literature was reviewed on the concept of double colonization with reference to WSS in light of the relevant views. Next, for the purpose of analysis, the study was delimited to the plight of the main character Antoinette and her mother Annette in light of the various events and discourses from WSS as to how double colonization affected the lives of the aforementioned female characters. On the basis of the analysis, it was found out that double colonization affected Antoinette and Annette by a number of its main aspects and factors, such as, economic exploitation, marriages, otherness, cultural hybridity, and patriarchy, by bringing about their alienation not only from the colonial and patriarchal culture around but also from their own self and life, thus suffering from identity crisis, madness, and finally death.
Keywords :
alienation, alterity, Black, colonialism, colonization, colonizer, Creole, double colonization, feminist, identity crisis, patriarchy, postcolonial, White

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