Week 7 – “New Colonizer Arrives” Ferguson

November 11, 2007

The novel appears to be an interesting one, presenting a world in which the colonizer loses power to the colonized. In particular I found interesting what Ferguson says about the antagonist’s name: “the first syllable evokes Christ in the context of a culture in which Christianity overlays and becomes syncretized with African belief systems” (319). The female character turns every orderly system upside down, challenging gender and racial hierarchies and taking control over Rochester. He takes her submission for granted and thus has no way to handle her audacious behavior and force her into submission.

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