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The Dominant Rochester In both Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea Rochester is portrayed as a selfish man doing things that would benefit himself emotionally and physically rather than for the good of the others During the time period in which Wide Sargasso Sea took place the concept that wives are nothing without their husbands applies to Antoinette Rochester knew this so he had to take charge and be the dominant one taking control of Antoinettes emotions and actions Rochester did not love Antoinette when he married her He said I had a charming partner pure wise modest you can fancy I was a happy man I went through rich scenes Bronte 437 Rochester is a greedy man who wedded someone just for their money In their society people looked down upon Antoinette because of her social status The snobbish Rochester considers Antoinette as an inferior person lacking respect for her as a human being and making her do what he wants He treats her as if she belongs to him During Rochesters conversation with Christophone she said You fool the girl You make her think you cant see the sun for looking at her Rhys 153 Rochester fooled Antoinette into loving him He made her think that he loved her but instead he just wanted her for her body That shows his needs as a man for sexual desires Rochester continues to play a dominant role after Antoinette finds out his incentives As Antoinette learns of Rochesters ill will towards her she tries to leave but Rochester thinking of Antoinette as his mad girl does not let her leave Vain silly creature Made for loving Yes but shell have no lover for I dont want her and shell see no other Rhys 165 says Rochester He considers Antoinette as his toy and possession doing away with her as he wishes If he does not want her anymore he is not going to
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