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AS and A Level: Angela Carter
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- Peer Reviewed essays 6
CONSIDER THE WAYS IN WHICH CARTER BLENDS ANIMAL AND HUMAN CHARACTERISTICS IN THE BLOODY CHAMBER. HOW DOES THIS CONTRIBUTE TO THE DESTINATION OF THE STORIES/COLLECTION?4 star(s)
The Marquis' animalism is a constant in the story; it does not change or develop, as in other stories. This liminality, then, serves only to highlight Carter's view of powerful men as vicious brutes who objectify and humiliate women, which she extracts from the "latent content" of the eponymous character of the traditional fairy tale 'Bluebeard'. The first instance of liminality in the collection, then, is a relatively two dimensional affair, with the capacity for animalism in men being exposed and, ultimately, triumphed over through the strength of maternal instincts.
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"The Bloody Chamber" by Angela Carter - With close reference to one of the tales, discuss how Carter draws upon and subverts conventions of the fairy tale4 star(s)
With reading the "Bloody Chamber" one can quite quickly understand that it isn't a fairy tale at all because of the narrative perspective used and they way the story pans out. First comes the classic Angela Carter theme of sexual domination and submission. The villain is to blame for all this - the male. The male who fits Angela Carter's classic formula perfectly. The tall, dark and dominant male is someone who doesn't usually speak much and has a sinister side to him and his actions are motivated by dishonourable intentions.
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Critical Analysis, Snow Child (Angela Carter). Angela Carter brings to plain sight many issues, within modern day human relationships, within the extended metaphor of The Snow Child;3 star(s)
Angela Carter immediately forms an air of danger, merged with one of sexual desires. Almost as a hint as to what will transpire as the story progresses. In the story the count wishes for "the child of his desires", a girl "as white as snow", "as red as blood" and "as black as that [raven's] feather". The colours used in this definition are very powerful and are of great importance of the message Carter tries to project. 'White and snow' suggests that the count wants a sexually pure plaything, as white is the purist colour, also similar to canvas, therefore, malleable.
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Then I saw my father's trunks were packed, ready for departure. Could he so easily me here?" Here, Carter expresses how both Beauty's father, and the Beast, care more for satisfying their desires than for the dignity and safety of Beauty, "and paid promptly, as if it had not been a sight I might have died showing". This explains that the Beast handled the deal (if Beauty showed herself naked to him, he would return everything, including her, to her father), as if it were an impersonal business exchange, where as, if he had truly cared for Beauty, he would
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Consider how and to what purpose Angela Carter uses a folk story in any two or three short stories from "The Bloody Chamber"3 star(s)
The male characters both give their new wives the keys to the household, making sure to point to the key to the forbidden room that they must not under any circumstances enter. Angela Carter has brought the story forward in time. So it is modern, but not so far that it is contempory. It is set in post revolutionary France, circa 1890; she has done this so as to choose an age where great wealth is available to a very small minority.
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Explore the narrative techniques used by Angela Carter to subvert, reverse and challenge the reader's expectations and assumptions, in 'The Bloody Chamber', 'The Company Of Wolves' and 'The Courtship Of Mr.Lyon'.3 star(s)
Because of the fact that the three stories are based on other stories we expect Angela Carter's version to take a more similar path to the story line. There are elements of the original fairy tale that they have been based upon. 'The Bloody Chamber' is told from the point of view of a nameless heroine from the point in her life where she has just got married to a wealthy widower and is heading for a new life at his castle.
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Her family were poor, as Dora reveals she "didn't have a pot to piss in". In the early stages of her life, she became a child star, referred to as "little dolly daydream". Carter uses imagery to create a picture of Delia in the reader's mind. She gives physical descriptions, commenting on her "naturally nasal tone" and the fact that she was "one inch less than five foot, with a perfectly enormous head". The physical description of her is different to that of Lady Atalanta who is described as the "most beautiful woman". Carter conveys Delia as quite a crude character, through her dialogue, and the way that Dora describes her to have danced on tables, and "fancied older men".
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He wishes to coax her away from her virginity. "a shower of sparks" - possibly represents orgasm (mini-death). Linked with the symbol of the Opal, and its connotations with bad luck, the reader can associate sex with death. A typical feature of the gothic. "I felt giddy as I were on the edge of a precipice" - sexual anticipation for when her husband returns from America. Further emphasises the close link between sex and death. "monstrous presence" - he is well endowed? "always subtly oppressed me" - she never feels in control. Typically passive "reborn in unfamiliar shapes.
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However, the mention of pornography could outline the feeling of shame the narrator feels, as it is affiliated with social taboos and embarrassment. This would show that through her materialistic intent she is begrudgingly in a sexual situation, with the man she is only with for his fortune. She might feel like a prostitute through this, and therefore shameful for her choices. Carter uses this device to express that sex should be entirely consensual, not just through acceptance of it, but for both partners to want to under no pressure or feeling of shame.
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Gothic texts written during the late 18th and Early 19th centuries share a number of typical features: they have mysterious, subliminal landscapes, they are set in a past 'medieval' time when superstition reigned, they feature some fearsome predator, often in the form of a monster, that is threatening an innocent, virginal young women and the atmosphere evokes images of terror and horror. They often abound with the colours of extreme - black for villainy, white for innocence and lashings of red for blood.
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Many of the Shakespeare references used in the novel can be seen as ultimately unnecessary which begs the question: Why does Carter use such an array of references? To the extent where her home is a reference to Shakespeare, '49 Bard Road' in this instant art emulates life as Carter associates Dora's home with Shakespeare. Combined with the number of absurd references conforms Wise Children to magic realism as the readers will be unable to determine if Carter is using these often absurd references to Shakespeare in a realistic way.
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From the very beginning of the novel Dora directly addresses the reader 'Good morning! let me introduce myself, my name is Dora Chance'. Dora immediately confronts the reader introducing herself, the reader can already establish that Dora is enthusiastic by the use of 'Good morning!', the exclamation mark adds to the effect that Dora is confrontation but also eccentric and flamboyant. Dora continues to engage the reader in the first extract of the novel with lines such as 'Give us a minute, puss, let's have a look out of the window'. The use of 'us' and 'let's' are very effective as the give the reader the feeling that they are in the same room
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WRITE ABOUT THE WAYS IN WHICH ANGELA CARTER USING SYMBOLISM AND OTHER LITERARY TECHNIQUES TO TELL THE STORY IN THE BLOODY CHAMBER(TM).
Symbolism is used in great use in 'The Bloody Chamber' to refer to abstract ideas rather than literal properties. Red for example is used in many places to connote blood. The main symbol of this is the red choker that the Marquis gives to the narrator as a wedding gift. She describes it as 'like an extraordinary precious slit throat', Carter uses a simile to liken the necklace between a 'slit throat' to foreshadow the Marquis' desire to behead the narrator which in the reader does not know yet. The narrator describes the choker as 'extraordinary' because coming from a working class background she presumably has not seen many jewels; she describes the choker as 'precious' not just because
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It played a sweet tune as the tiny figure turned and swirled and spiralled, it had sent chills down her thin frame whenever she heard it. After its elusive disappearance she had heard the merry tune again, this time sinister, at night, but only ever when her eyes were tightly closed. She would reach out for it in longing, almost touching, her fingertips longing for the touch of the bitter, reassuring metal. Then it was gone. It started with a doll and it finished with a tiny golden ball.
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And, although youth and age are heavily contrasted throughout the book, in this instance they are united by the 'celluloid' - they are able to relive their youthful selves over and over. Carter's use of The Dream bridges the gap between reality and the many examples of magical realism throughout Wise Children, it is a 'vehicle for insinuating the supernatural or paranormal into normal reality'. This is a into the extract with the contrasting statements given that 'It was all to literal for me' and Dora's retelling of when 'one poor chap fell into the toilet'.
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We got up in unison. "I'm going to call a bloody taxi," I said. "I've had enough of this." "Don't go before you've had coffee," said the Lady A. heroically but our Perry was pushing back his wicker chair so peremptorily it fell over, briefly trapping beneath it a small, yapping dog, probably a Yorkshire terrier. The above extract comes from Saskia and Imogen's 21st birthday party, and just after Melchior's announcement of his engagement to "his Cordelia" who also happens to be Saskia's best friend, and fellow Drama school student.
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However this is disproved with his tears at losing the crown. "He began to cry. The tears ran down his sooty cheeks like chalk down a blackboard" Dora comments that she had a sudden urge to "clap them (hands) together." Even with the tears, Melchior is putting on a performance. It seems that he cannot help but hide behind a mask, in this case represented by the soot from the burning house. The loss of such a precious item reveals faults in this mask, as the tears wipe away the soot. This performance even strikes the people standing nearby.
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The main line to what Wise Children I think, is the filming of Melchoir's large adventure to America his very own, Midsummer Nights' Dream in Hollywood. And Peregrine is very much closely related to Hollywood representation ally, He is larger-than-life, and has wild adventures that Dora portrays as being mystical, even magical, he represented in an entirety what Hollywood is, the over the top lifestyle. His large glittery personality and tinselly outlook on life keeps the up-beat of the novel flowing, simply without Perry Wise Children would suffer with no 'greener side of the grass' representation to life.
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Dora is very enthusiastic about the theatre and she loves all of the famous plays by Shakespeare. All through the novel there are many references to Shakespeare's plays, for example "A star danced", "how the mighty have fallen", Ranulph Hazard played Lear in the theatre, "the pasteboard crown that Ranulph wore for Lear, the one Estella made." Also you have the illegitimate nature of Dora and Nora's theatre is not as good as 'Wheelchairs' because she was not born in a marriage. Also I suppose the cockney rhyming slang would have a short part to play in the reference to theatre because in a production you tend to sometimes act as a person from another part of
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Compare and contrast the presentation of the characters of Melchior and Peregrine Hazard in Chapters 1 and 2 of Angela Carter's Wise Children and their significance in our understanding of the novel's many themes
The presentation of Melchior as a king is concurrent throughout the novel. In the first two chapters we see him as a king of his family, the king of English theatre and the player of kings in Shakespeare plays, his greatest roles coming as Hamlet and Macbeth, whilst taking a 'toy crown with paint peeling off' everywhere he went. Peregrine is a name that means 'mysterious wanderer', a true reflection of his nomadic nature. The first time we meet Melchior is through the personification of the grandfather clock in Nora and Dora's front hall.
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Thus reinstating that fact that the girl's father has some form of power over her. However the use of the modal verb 'might' accompanied by the ending of the sentence gives the reader the impression that the girl is not scared of her father and would disobey what her father would find objectionable as he was not present. Although this quotation does not directly stick to the same narrative as 'Little Red Riding Hood' and therefore giving a slightly different impression of the original fairytale, it does reinstate that fact that men are powerful and possibly to be feared of as they prey on young girls.
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How Far and in what ways, do you think that narrative variety is important to the overall effectiveness of The Bloody Chamber collection?
Anonymous, there is no names for the majority of the characters. What is the purpose of this narrative device? Is Carter removing personality from the characters and making the lessons apply to all women? "If she deals with established stereotypes in The Bloody Chamber rather than fully-fleshed out characters, then this is because fairy tales clothe themselves in stereotypes and archetypes" http://www.themodernword.com/scriptorium/carter.html#Anchor-14210 d) With the exception of the Tigers Bride (TB) and BC all of the stories are in the third/2nd person similar to folklore. The third person narrator gives a omniscient and wise sense to the stories. The second person sounds authoritative and commanding.
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Carter is concerned with the male desire for sexual innocence and this is portrayed in the stories through the young protagonists. Youth is often seen to equate to purity and this assumption is made by the reader in the opening of both stories, particularly through the allusions to Red Riding Hood, the atypical "good", "young" girl. Carter delights in shattering these presumptions later in the stories by having her characters behave unlike the youth we are used to seeing portrayed in this genre.
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The jealousy oozes from the Countess, who after seeing this, has only one train of thought - how can she rid herself of The Snow Child? The Countess's place is usurped by the child as is symbolised by the transfer of the Countess's clothes onto her, leaving the Countess naked. Eventually the child dies and the Count gets off his horse and rapes her before the dead body of the girl melts away and consequently, the Countess is re-clothed. This narrative clearly exposes how the heroines of fairy tales are the constructs of patriarchal thinking, based on the desire for
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'I sometimes wonder why we go on living' (112). Dora states, 'you only miss an institution like a Joe Lyons teashop when it's gone'. With this statement, Carter may have intended it to have more than one meaning. One meaning, could be what it says, that Dora misses the Joe Lyons teashops, but another meaning could be the teashop is a metaphor for her life: you only miss it when it's gone. This tone is regretful and hints that she wishes she were still young.
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