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Rochester is a representative of 19th Century Europe, and views himself as a normative figure, judging all "Others" by a set of standards which place white males atop the hierarchy. Jean Rhys explores the intersecting forces of racism and sexism, as manifested in a single character, whose abuse of station and power becomes emblematic of the abuse of the larger society. However, discerning readers may uncover another layer of the story told by Jean Rhys. Wide Sargasso Sea prophesies a downfall of white male power through the psychic and physical destruction of the white male protagonist. Concluding that it is in fact Rochster who is oppressed and victimized, this paper will examine how he is dominated, enthralled, bewitched and even hypnotized by racial and sexual "Others" he encounters. This paper will also analyze how the dissolution of his mental and psychic stability is depicted linguistically and symbolically. And finally, the reason why Rhys describes Rochester as a victim and not an oppressor will be explored. In part II of the novel, wherein Rochester is the narrator, his narrative is interrupted by Antoinette's voice twice, subsumed by the voice of Daniel, a male of mixed race, and is further dominated and confused by other black and female voices. The ultimate narrative power is wielded by Antoinette. Part II starts with a logical prose style but ends with a stream of consciousness style. The breakdown of the logical, linear prose represents the breakdown of Rochester's mental security, as his narrative becomes progressively illogical and fragmented, jumping from one subject to another. Having been given his power by virtue of his race, class and gender, Rochester's ersatz power is ridiculed throughout the novel as he is compared to and contrasted with the racial others. The grammatical structure of the novel and its effects will also be examined. By using the conjunction, "and" repeatedly, instead of reinforcing distance and difference by describing things or concepts in the context of an "either ~ or " dichotomy, Rhys combines and equalizes concepts to give them parallel standing. male/female, civilization/nature, empire/colony, the Subject/the Other--all are given more equal power and significance by Rhys. By using such devices, Rhys decries and attempts to emend the hierarchical structure of society. In Wide Sargasso Sea, the oppression of blacks and females by the white male society is inverted in the case of Rochester, who is oppressed and becomes physically disfigured. The downfall of Rochester, the incineration of his estate( a symbol of imperialism and patriarchy) represent Jean Rhys' desire for a new social structure, abandoning the stratification of, and domination by, a male dominated society.