Antoinette as a Victim of Black Racism

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Antoinette as a Victim of Black Racism
The aim of this paper is to present evidence that Wide Sargasso Sea is a reproduction of reality by showing examples of black racism taken from the book. It shows the reality of Antoinette as a fiction character perceived as a victim of black racism. Although most readers of Wide Sargasso Sea have considered racism as one of the topics closer examination shows that the book gives examples of a specific kind called black racism (Nibras Jawad, 591). This paper uses elements from the book, and aspects from the reality that support the idea that the book includes black racism as one of the topics. For example, exclusion of Antoinette caused by black community because she is the daughter of a white Creole woman and a former slave-owner of English descent in Jamaica. This is showed in the book when black people use disparaging words like white cockroaches to call her. The phrase "white cockroach" was applied in a song saying that nobody wants her (Jean Rhys, 20). According to a research from Eastern University of Philadelphia phenomenon of racism is a result of the combination of discrimination, prejudices and ignorance. (Caleb Rosado). Racism has been a topic of inspiration for many writers. This is the case of Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. The writer tells aspects that she could have experienced since Jean Rhys was born in 1890 on the island of Dominica in the West Indies to a Welsh father and a Creole (white West Indian) mother. She identified more with Dominican than with English culture, her ancestry complicated her relationship with the island people (Nibras Jawad, 590). In other words, the author focuses on double culture as a reason of feeling marginalized, and Antoinette the main character from Wide Sargasso Sea can be her mirror. Antoinette is described as a white…...

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