What does it mean that Antoinette gets called white cockroach in Wide Sargasso Sea?

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What does it mean that Antoinette gets called white cockroach in Wide Sargasso Sea?

Antoinette:

In Wide Sargasso Sea, Antoinette is the protagonist of the novel. She is a creole girl who feels lonely and isolated. We soon learn that she has an arranged marriage with an Englishman.

Key Terms:

  • Jean Rhys: This is the author of Wide Sargasso Sea. She was born in the Caribbean, and she later moved to England as a teenager.
  • Emancipation Act: This story is primarily set in Jamaica during the 1830s. At this time, there was a lot of racial tension, which was a direct result of the passing of the Emancipation Act of 1833.
  • Jane Eyre: Jean Rhys borrows the character of Antoinette from a marginalized character in Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre.

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Antoinette gets called a "white cockroach" by a little girl who says: "go away, white cockroach, go away, go away". The term is a...

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Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys: Summary, Analysis & Characters

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During this lesson, we'll learn about the events that occur in Jean Rhys' novel, 'Wide Sargasso Sea,' analyze the novel as a whole, and discuss the novel's characters.


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