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How and why are selected canonical texts re-written by female authors Answer with close reference to Charlotte Brontes Jane Eyre and Jean Rhyss Wide Sargasso Sea The Sargasso Sea is a relatively still sea lying within the south-west zone of the North Atlantic Ocean at the centre of a swirl of warm ocean currents Metaphorically for Jean Rhys it represented an area of calm within the wide division between England and the West Indies Within such an area a sense of stability permanence and identity may be attained despite the powerful whirling currents which surround it But outside of this sea one may be destabilised drawn away by these outside forces into the vast expanse of ocean between the West Indies and Europe Outside of these metaphorical and geographical oceanic areas one may become the victim of these currents subject to their vagaries and fluctuations no longer able to personally define with any certainty where one is culturally or geographically located For Jean Rhys Jane Eyre depicted representations of a Creole woman and West Indian history which she knew to be inaccurate Bertha Mason is mad and she came from a mad family idiots and maniacs through three generations Her mother the Creole was both a madwoman and a drunkard She is further described as having a discoloured face a savage face with fearful blackened inflation of the features the lips were swelled and dark described as a demon witch vampire beast and hyena1 But nowhere in the novel does Bronte allow the madwoman in the attic to have a voice to explain what may have caused her madness Rhys says The mad wife in Jane Eyre always interested me I was convinced that Charlotte Bronte must have had something against the West Indies and I was angry about it Otherwise why did she take a West Indian for that horrible lunatic for that really dreadful creature2 So in Wide Sargasso Sea
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