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Wide Sargasso Sea: Characters

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Amélie

She is a young servant and she leaves the day after having sex with Rochester.

 

Annette

This is the name used for Antoinette’s mother, although her name is also referred to as being the same as her daughter’s so could be Antoinette or Antoinetta.

 

Antoinette

Antoinette is one of the first-person narrators of the novel, along with Rochester, and is also referred to as Bertha. Bertha is her given name in Jane Eyre.

 

Aunt Cora

She is Antoinette’s aunt and she advises her to not marry Rochester. She is seen to be without influence, though, and we are told she is too old by the end of the novel to defend her niece.

 

Baptiste

He is one of the servants at the honeymoon house at Granbois.

 

Christophine

Christophine is Antoinette’s main defender and security, but she is finally driven away by Rochester. It is also strongly suggested that she is obeah (able to perform witchcraft).

 

Daniel Cosway

He claims to be related to Antoinette, as he says they share the same father.

 

Mr Mason

As Antoinette’s step-father, he assumes responsibility for her when her mother is deemed insane. He also leaves her half of his estate in his will.

 

Pierre

This is Antoinette’s younger brother who dies following the fire at Coulibri. He was born disabled.

 

Richard Mason

Richard is Antoinette’s step-brother and he appears to have agreed to the marriage between Antoinette and Rochester without regard for safeguarding a settlement for her.

 

Rochester

Although unnamed, Rochester is the second first-person narrator of the novel and the husband of Antoinette. His name is known to the readers via Jane Eyre.

 

Tia

She is a childhood friend of Antoinette. After they row, Tia takes her dress and later throws a stone at her when a crowd gathers at Coulibri.




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