the Mad creole wife of Rochester

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Editorial and Opinion  |  House: Booksie Classic

just an essay on why i think bertha mason stands for more than obstacle for edward and jane


Submitted: February 28, 2009

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Pratibha

very creative. keep up the good work

Sun, March 1st, 2009 11:23pm

Helena Parris

Interesting. I saw the movie, never read the book. I knew from the movie that Bertha was loony and was from "the islands," but the class/racial angle never occured to me. Of course, a modern movie would not bring that out. I'll have to read the book now...
Another book you might enjoy is The Dead Secret, by Wilkie Collins. It explores the English obsession with class and breeding in a slightly different way. A girl is raised as the daughter of nobility; nobody knows she's the daughter of a serving maid and a coal miner. She marries a man obsessed with birth and class, and then finds out she's really a commoner and illegitimate to boot. It seems a bit silly to read now, but the book really brings out what a big deal this was back then.

Mon, March 16th, 2009 2:44am

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