Wide Sargasso Sea

Hybridity as a form of double marginalisation in Jean Rhys’ masterpiece, Wide Sargasso Sea (1966). College

Wide Sargasso Sea (1966) by Jean Rhys is a postcolonial text that explores the plight of creoles, a hybrid community created from the sexual union of the white coloniser and the black colonised, who are neither white nor black, British nor African. Rhys, a creole herself, writes about how creoles are marginalised by both the white coloniser and the black colonised. This paper explores how the novel portrays the double marginalisation of the hybrid (creole) characters, Annette, Antoinette and Pierre. According to Trinh. T. Minh-Ha, double marginalisation is, ‘…marginalization from both the ruling center and the established margin’ (216). In the novel, the ruling centre can be seen as the British colonisers while the established margin is the native Jamaicans. The creoles, ‘…transcultural forms within the contact zone produced by colonisation’ (Ashcroft, Griffiths and Tiffin. “Key Concepts” 118), do not belong to either of these groups because of their hybrid racial identity. Therefore, both the ruling centre and the established margin, who consider themselves racially purer than and superior to creoles, discriminate creoles. According to Trinh T. Minh-Ha ‘…the divisions between the margin and centre should be preserved, and as...

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