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Comparative Analysis of The Company of Wolves and Wolf-Alice.

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COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS THE COMPANY OF WOLVES AND WOLF-ALICE BY: ANGELA CARTER. WORD COUNT: ANGELA VEGA ENGLISH A1 11-5 Through �The Company of Wolves� and �Wolf-Alice�, we can see how Angela Carter uses magic realism, violence and eroticism, to present a feminist version of the traditional stories of �Little Red Riding Hood� and �The Werewolf�. By using features of fairy tales, Carter reminds the reader that her stories are extensions of the traditional fairy tale genre, but that she changes the original message into a feminist literary purpose. Both stories have a combination of fantasy elements and realistic fiction and at the end they give the same feminist message to the reader. However, in each story the message is shown through different images and symbols. To begin with, we can say that the basis of Angela Carter's literary work is her interest in changing gender roles and this is evident in both stories. �The Company of Wolves� tells the story of a girl who is deceived and captured by the false appearance of a handsome man. ...read more.

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Descriptions of places and things are also done in a detailed and exact. The use of language is carefully planned by Angela Carter, in order to capture the reader's attention. By adding horrific details to her descriptions, the stories no longer fit into the classic fairy tale genre. Another important similarity between the two stories is that the main character is a woman. Angela Carter divides each of her stories into three main stages; women innocence, their search for knowledge and coming of age. In �The Company of Wolves� the main character is a girl who is very innocent at the beginning of the story but at end the conventions have changed. The heroin ends up losing her innocence but has power and control over the actions. �See! sweet and sound she sleeps in granny's bed, between the paws of the tender wolf�.(pg118). Here the protagonist freely gives her virginity and frees herself from the female sexuality that lies in the control of male sexual desire. ...read more.

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Angela Carter is emphasizing to the reader the danger of women being deceived and captured by the false appearance of men. This idea is completely opposite in �Wolf-Alice��. It is women who are presented as beasts and the only thing that made them human is that they were not physically wolves. �Nothing about her is human except that she is not a wolf�(pg119). Finally, we can say that both stories have all the characteristic features of Angela Carter's writing style. She uses a combination of fantasy elements and realistic fiction to change the traditional characteristics of the fairy tale genre. Her language is carefully chosen to demonstrate the way in which women have been in a way sexually exploited by men and also to emphasize the violent aspects of passionate relationships. Even though her final message is the same for both stories, she uses different images to present it and women have the most important place in her stories. At the end of the stories it is clear for the reader that women must change roles and become the aggressor instead of the victim. ...read more.

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