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  1. The story "The Company of Wolves" written by Angela Carter taunts the reader's imagination by elaborating on their idea and point of view of gender roles.

    The first story is, to my taste, the only failure here. It's a bit too heavy-handed and obvious, and the imagery and phraseology borrow too much from Poe, particularly from his "The Fall of The House of Usher." They leave you straining for an impact, which is just not there. That said, the rest of the stories are erotic/metaphysical gems in which the reader can peer into his or her own sexuality in its many (mostly crimsoned) facets. There is a subtle but deep undertone here that, in some way, our sexuality makes us all otherworldy ghouls and outcasts from the civilized world.

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

    Later he turned into a wolf and was very aggressive with the girl but she was able to control the situation. Similarly, �Wolf-Alice� is a coming of age story about a girl named Alice, who was raised by a pack of wolves. One day humans found her and tried to train her to act like a human, but when that failed she was sent to live with a Duke, who was also violent and aggressive. One day she found a mirror and a dress in the Duke's house and realized that she was a girl, not a wolf.

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  3. "The Company of Wolves" Comprehension.

    The extract goes on to use a series of metaphors in a poetic style, with a dramatic use of syntax and complex sentence structure "She is an unbroken egg; she is a sealed vessel", these metaphors de-familiarise the reader. However Little Red Riding Hood's naivety is re-enforced in the next sentence "She has her knife and is afraid of nothing". Little Red Riding Hood hears "the freezing howl of a distant wolf" her hand springs to the "handle of her knife".

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  4. James Thurber's story, "The Little Girl and the Wolf".

    The little girl reaches her grandmother's house sometime later and walks in. She notices someone in the bed and quite calmy and humorously (or possibly even sarcastically) comes to the conclusion that the person in the bed is not her grandmother. Without any emotion or expression she pulls a gun out of her basket and kills the wolf. The story ends with the moral: "It is not so easy to fool little girls nowadays as it used to be." (Elements of Literature, p.

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  5. Angela Carter - The Bloody Chamber

    could get frustrated by the seeming lack of soul these characters have. Carter takes black and white fairytale characters and attempts to express them in modern, human terms. It doesn't quite work and we are left with the feeling of having read some naughty stories for Adults, based on stories for kids. Well, maybe tha's the point... Maybe she wanted us to think about it: what's a character? What do you mean when you say a character has soul or psychological depth or consistency? And what about people? Could some people be as two-dimensional as fairy-tales characters?

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  6. Commenton Angela Carter's stories

    She skillfully links the imageries of the same connotations together, referring to the same sense and idea metaphorically, which creates a unity, coherent passage. In The Snow Child, the 'immaculate' midwinter, 'fresh snow' on the snow already fallen, 'the whole world was white', and the image of the girl is 'as white as snow', all give the sense of purity. Metaphors and similes are used to create a more vivid picture, such as in The Company of Wolves, 'his nipples are ripe and dark as poison fruit', which is also a sexual imagery.

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  7. There is a rich and compelling force of the writing of Angela Carter, which effectively suspends our disbelief in her subject matter. Discuss.

    Romances of the teenager, and then the sharper tones of the young adult, are scrutinised with the cold eye of the boudoir philosopher". In "The Bloody Chamber", Angela Carter reworks some of the West's best-known fairy-tales, transforming them with "brilliantly baroque imagery" and from a perspective that owes almost as much to Freud as it does to feminism. Some readers of Angela Carter's "The Bloody Chamber" have seen its narrator-protagonist as a passive young woman who makes little attempt to avoid her apparent fate.

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  8. Discuss Angela Carter’s Treatment of Innocence and Sexuality In ‘the Bloody Chamber and Other Stories’.

    All conform to recognisably male fantasies of domination, submission and possession. Heterosexual feminists have not yet invented an alternative, anti-sexist language of the erotic. Carter envisages women's sensuality simply as a response to male arousal. She has no conception of women's sexuality as autonomous desire. Here is the sexual model, which endorses the "normal" and natural sadism of the male, happily complemented by the normal and natural masochism of the female. These are themes Carter is keen to reason and portray to her reading audience. Her attitudes towards sexuality are evident in these collected short stories of heavy and rich description.

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  9. Compare and contrast the “Just So Stories” of Rudyard Kipling with “The Bloody Chambers and other stories” by Angela Carter.

    I think this is very unrealistic. This is another comparison to a fable. Rudyard Kiplings' stories are so similar to those of Angela Carters' because they both use the idea of anthropomorphism but the two authors use the method very differently indeed. In Rudyard Kiplings' stories he creates the animals to inherit human qualities such as speech. For example: In "The Elephants child" the elephant uses human speech but the language has been slightly adjusted, i.e.- "I don't think you peoples know..."

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  10. 'In The Bloody Chamber, childhood fairytales become the stuff of adult nightmares.' How far do you agree with this statement.

    In most cases, the eerie setting provides for an insight to the events which will occur as each story progresses. The first half of ?The Company of Wolves? outlines the various wolf attributes, such as being ?carnivore incarnate? whilst creating a bleak setting. An example of this is where Carter uses second person address, ?You are always in danger in the forest....for if you stray from the path for one instant, the wolves will eat you?, to create the feeling that we are experiencing what the heroine is.

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  11. How does Carter portray power throughout the novel Wise Children?

    because she has the power and control at the time, what she is doing does not seem as unacceptable as it would if Nora did not seem to entirely understand what she was doing. Dora wants to be in charge of her own identity and her own opinions, and in control of her own life. Irish, who Dora meets in Hollywood, wants to change Dora to what he thinks is right, ?he kept on insisting on forgiving me when there was nothing to forgive.? Dora, in her eyes, was doing nothing wrong, but simply being herself.

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  12. How does Angela Carter reinterpret Gothic Conventions in The Tigers Bride, and The Courtship of Mr Lyon?

    This is particularly evident in ?The Courtship of Mr Lyon? where Mr Lyon takes the role of the desperate women locked away, needing to be saved. Mr Lyon claims to be ?dying? because Beauty left ?because you left me.? The state of the lion is covered in the description with imagery of death and decay; ?dead? flowers, ?groaning? hinges, and ?drifting cobwebs.? Beauty therefore takes the role of the male protagonist. There is a mention of otherness as Beauty found My Lyons ?bewildering difference intolerable,? whereas, conventionally, the male was the norm and the female the other.

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  13. Close Reading of "The Bloody Chamber" pages 11 to top of 15

    In addition, the imagery of the girl as an ?artichoke? suggests cannibalism, reinforcing his beastly attributes. The verbal pre-modification ?Stripping? symbolises the Marquis taking away her innocence. Carter uses the simile ?bare as a lamb chop? to describe the narrator, reinforcing her innocence and purity, qualities associated with lambs. On the one hand this could be symbolic of her virginity, however it could also be argued that the noun ?chop? implies that she?s a piece of meat ready for him to devour.

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  14. To what extent are gender stereotypes reinforced or challenged in your chosen story from The Bloody Chamber?

    The Countess can be interpreted to be symbolic of the trapped housewife; she is constantly haunted by her past relatives whos ?painted eyes... briefly flickered as they passed? as they control her ?like a ventriloquists doll? from the grave. This idea that the past can affect or still be in control of the present seems an supernatural thing, further adding to the Countess? lack of control as the supernatural takes hold of her freedom; even though she is an impossible creature herself, she seems unable to fight it.

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