Causes for the conflicts between them:
1. Race/Culture: different cultural backgrounds:
--her limited understanding of the world -- p.
55; "Is it true,' she said, `that England is like a dream?" p. 80
-- Rochester's fever; gazed at by the natives pp. 67-69;
his lack of understanding of Christophine pp. 85-86
slow, not lifting her skirt); blanks in his mind76
2. Gender: Rochester's motivation for getting married
3. Race+ Gender: the letter from Daniel
"not yet" p. 77; p. 89, 90; He dislikes the people around, but he does
not reveal it ('not yet').
not love her, 93
Rochester's suspicion of Antoinette's
madness; implication of Antoinette's sexual affair with others.
4. Gender: Rochester's self-centeredness and possessiveness:
p. 94; the priest's ruined house--Pere Lilievre--Pere Labat -- self-centered
5. Race+ Gender: Antoinette's temperament--sense of doom and
6. Race+ Gender: Antoinette's insisting on using voodoo on "beke"
name and identity--the African belief in name; naming as a way of constructing
identities (the characters' attempts at naming themselves or the others
in order to shape and construct their own/other's identities).
Daniel Cosway--Esau (p.73)/Is he a Cosway?
Antoinette: called Bertha (p.68, 81, 88, 106-7);
Marionette (p.92)--Why does Rochester change
her names and the significance of this change of names? What is the
significance in calling her Marionette (a doll)?
the unnamed male narrator in Part II ('the man in Part III--Why does Rhys
choose to let him be the main narrator? Why does she keep him unnamed?
(Why does she want to have him sign his name in "Obeah Night"?)
signs of betrayals--cock crowing (p.71, 97-8)
When Antoinette leaves Christophine with the medicine she gives,
she hears the cock crowing and says:
"This is for betrayal. But who is the traitor?. . . what does
anyone know about traitors. . .?"(118/70-71)
. What does she betray?
Rochester's affair with Amele after the "obeah night" (p.84)--
Why is he having this affair? How do people around Rochester
and change their attitudes toward him after this one-nigh-stand and why?
(Antoinette, Amele, Baptiste)
the untold love story between Antoinette and Sandi (p.30)--hints
at their sexual relationship (p.72-3, 75, 109-10)--white
dress (p.76) for Rochester and red dress for
Why does Antoinette decide to go with Rochester
but not Sandi?
Rochester after the obeah night
mutual hatred (p.170/102)--
but this is told from Rochester's perspective.
Rochester has given up all pretense of gentlemanliness. "If I was
bound for hell let it be hell. No more false heavens. . . .
You hate me and I hate you. We'll see who hates best. But first,
first, I will destroy your hatred."
// "Obeah Night" (p.143)
unwilling to let Antoinette go and marry someone
else. (p. 159)
his "obeah": changing Antoinette into "mad Bertha"
(pp. 147; 166)
in Part III : grey in his hair and misery in his eyes(105)