Years ago I rented a video entitled The Wide Sargasso Sea. Frankly it didn’t make sense, like I’d actually started the movie in the middle rather than the beginning. The story in a nutshell…a man gets tricked into marrying a woman on the edge of madness. The madness came from her mother, and both father and brother were well aware of the signs, yet foisted her off on this poor starry-eyed young man of means. The poor sucker was Edward Rochester and the mad wife was named Bertha. The whole time I’m watching this perplexing movie, an unformed thought is tugging away at my brain. It was one of those wake-you-in-the-middle-of-the-night thoughts. Some days later, it did just that. The Wide Sargasso Sea was the back-story to Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. I knew that story well. It was the first romance I’d ever read at at age 13.
Author Jean Rhys wrote that prequel-style novel The Wide Sargasso Sea in 1966. (The book was much better than the movie). I remember reading a quote by the author saying something about the mad Bertha Rochester being Charlotte Brontë’s symbolic reference for the hidden rage of women. No kidding. The second-class citizen world of Charlotte Brontë was little better for women than Jane Austen’s world twenty-five years before. Very few rights. It would have enraged me too, though being a redhead I might have been more vocal rather than simply tucking it inside an allegory. My husband would tell you that’s a true statement. I plead the fifth. 😉
For the next several days, I’ll look into symbolism in literature. Tomorrow, I’ll start with allegory, or the representation of abstract ideas or principles where characters and events symbolize the deeper moral or spiritual meanings of human life. Good stuff! 😀
Here’s one for today:
Amarulence (noun that appeared 1731-1755)
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