Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea: A Glimpse at Female Writing Divergence and Consensus from Jane and Antoinette

Abstract

This essay mainly focuses on the female writings in the 19th and 20th century that are represented by Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea, considering the strong connections between them. In particular, the stark contrasts between the two fictions’ settings, plots and attitude toward love and female identities leave plenty room for exploring the interconnections. In Chapter One, the essay will introduce the two fictions briefly, and reveal the mirror image relationship between the two heroines. Chapter Two will devote to identifying the commonalities behind the aforementioned characters, pointing out a potential female writing paradigm among contemporary female writers. Despite the overlapping features with male writing paradigm, topics usually focusing on marriages and the large proportion of mean women figures mark the uniqueness of the paradigm that belongs to females. Based on the two features, Chapter Three will postulate the exclusion mindset among female writers, and explain the possible historical and psychological reasons behind this theory. Chapter Four will offer a glimpse at a growing woman consensus under the discrepancies by discussing two women figures in the two fictions, who shed light into the awakening female wisdom. Finally, Chapter Five will focus on the collective identity recognition concluded from female writers, and bring up the continuing problem in female communities.