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TL;DR: Nine years. Timeline The timeline of events relating to Bertha’s imprisonment is (approximately) as follows, relative to the year Y in which Jane arrives at Thornfield Hall: Y−14 — Mr. Rochester marries Bertha Mason Y−13 to Y−11 — Mr. Rochester’s brother dies Y−10 — Mr. Rochester’s father dies Y−9 — Mr. Rochester moves to Thornfield Hall, imprisons ...


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Yes, a reader of Wide Sargasso Sea who is unaware of its connection to Jane Eyre is pretty much guaranteed to have missed the entire point of the novel. Jane Eyre is so iconic that Rhys could simply assume knowledge of its plot while writing her own book. The heroine of Wide Sargasso Sea, her husband, and her half-brother are all very important characters ...


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Thank you for your question. So, from what I have understood from your question, you are questioning the incipient feminist tendencies of the eponymous heroine as her matrimony in the end problematizes her individuality and autonomy which she upholds throughout the narrative. In order to present my case, I would like to expand the scope of our study by ...


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Assuming Rochester’s account to be honest, I think we can reconstruct his reasoning from the details that he included. When Céline arrived at her hotel late that night, she was wrapped in a cloak, which Rochester interpreted as an attempted disguise: “The carriage stopped, as I had expected, at the hotel door; my flame (that is the very word for an opera ...


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I have a few details to add to the existing answer. Bertha had been in the attic for around 10 years. This can start to be worked out from the date given at Rochester and Jane's attempted marriage by Briggs who announces the impediment of a previous marriage: I affirm and can prove that on the 20th of October A.D. (a date fifteen years back) Ch. ...


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None of the quoted interpretations has quite got the meaning of this passage. The context of this quote is that Jane has just been humiliated by Mr Brocklehurst in front of the whole school for accidentally dropping and breaking her slate. She believes that everyone despises her: “Helen, why do you stay with a girl whom everybody believes to be a liar?” ...


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Gareth Rees's answer is correct (he just beat me to it :-)), showing how Mr Rochester's story indicates his lover's infidelity as clearly as it could be without him actually finding them in flagrante delicto. However, since your question seems to be casting doubt on Mr Rochester's status as a reliable narrator, I thought it would be interesting to examine ...


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There is no consensus among critics about whether Wide Sargasso Sea stands on its own or not. For example, Francis Wyndham wrote in his introduction to the first edition (1966): For many years, Jean Rhys has been haunted by the figure of the first Mrs Rochester—the mad wife in Jane Eyre. The present novel—completed at last after much revision and agonized ...


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The two answers that have been posted so far are exclusively based on Jane Eyre. An Autobiography and assume that that story's narrator is reliable. Of course, one may well ask to what extent her account of her husband's past can be relied upon, since she does not condemn the cruelty of his imprisonment of his first wife. In Chapter XXVI, Richard Mason's ...


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