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Postcolonial Discourse in Wide Sargasso Sea In Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys faces the possibility of another side to Jane Eyre. The narrative of Bertha, the first Mrs Rochester, Wide Sargasso Sea isn't just a brilliant deconstruction of Brontë's legacy, but is also a damning record of colonialism in the Caribbean. The story is set just after the emancipation of the slaves, in that uneasy time when racial relations in the Caribbean were in their most populous. Antoinette (Rhys renames her and has Rochester inflict the name of Bertha on her when their relationship stinks) is descended in the plantation owners, along with her dad has had many children by negro girls. She can be accepted by the negro community by the representatives of the colonial centre. As a white creole she's nothing. The taint of racial impurity, coupled with the suspicion that she is mentally imbalanced bring about her inevitable downfall. Rhys divides the talking voice between Rochester and Antoinette, thus avoiding the suppression of alternative voices which she recognises in Bronte's text. Rochester, who's never named in the novel, is not portrayed as an evil tyrant, but as a proud and bigoted younger brother betrayed by his family into a loveless marriage. His double standards with regards to the former slaves and Antoinette's family involvement with them are exposed when he chooses to sleep with the maid, Amelie, thus displaying the promiscuous behaviour and attraction to the.