Why did Jean Rhys change Bertha?s name?

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Why did Jean Rhys change Bertha?s name?

Jean Rhys:

Jean Rhys was a Dominica-born Anglo-Welsh writer who is known best for her novel Wide Sargasso Sea. Rhys was born in 1890 and raised on Dominica until her teens, at which point she was sent to Britain for her education. She lived an adventurous lifestyle and enjoyed a successful literary career. However, she did not become truly recognized for her writing until Wide Sargasso Sea.

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Jean Rhys changes Bertha's name to Antoinette to differentiate between the true, Creole Antoinette and the false, Anglicized Bertha. Bertha is the...

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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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