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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?

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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? Angela Carter uses many different narrative techniques in The Bloody Chamber collection. Her main inspiration is obviously from fairy tales and Carter adopts many techniques from the folkloric genre. Yet her stories are made more contemporary by the way in which she fuses this tradition with other styles, allowing her to satirise the society that she wrote for. Paragraph one: Folkloric Techniques Point- Carter uses a lot of techniques from fairy tales. Examples- there is a lot of examples: a) The simple sentence structure in the opening of the werewolf (W) for example. She often also misses out conjunctures. b) The opening of the company of wolves (CW) is an amalgamation of folklore. What effect does this have on the story? To me it creates an unreal world that is dangerous. The use of all the superstition gives it a rich and gives the impression of the aural tradition of passing down generations. c) Anonymous, there is no names for the majority of the characters. What is the purpose of this narrative device? ...read more.


a) long descriptive sentences. I think you raised this pointing class so wont bother to explain significance. But what effect does it have on the stories? b) First person technique in BC and also in TB. What effect does this have on the way you view the story. Traditionally first person technique allows you to empathise with the characters more and what they undergo, but are more biased. Are these stories less fairy stories and more tales of fantasy? (Who narrates this section? What does this imply about the narrative perspective? Is the narrative chronological? What are the effects of the narrative style adopted? (From an internet site http://www.greenhead.ac.uk/beacon/english/the_tigers_bride.htm)). In these tales we get much more of an idea about character interrelations. c) Narrative technique creates tone in the stories. For example in the Erl King the lexical construction of the wood presents it as an unhealthy and dangerous place to be. Also creates the sense that she is lost through (i.e. long complex sentence structure creates the sense of disorientation echoing women's journey through woods/live). Explanation- Carters own narrative techniques and the slants on the traditional techniques are used by her to create and strengthen her interpretations of the stories. ...read more.


This enables her to withstand her reader's interest and keep her work fresh and effective. This is examined like the first peace of coursework we wrote: so remember to include: how it helps Carter criticise on patriarchal society. Try to give different viewpoints form other readings, so what in carters narrative techniques support a feminist reading of the text compared to a Jungian or Freudian reading. How is it effective in aiding the presentation of Carters main themes? Other quotes from different readers "She is led to her rooms in The Beast's palazzo, where she is told by his valet that if she will only reveal herself naked to The Beast, she will be restored to her father. As she ponders this offer, she recalls the tales told to her by her nurse about the tiger-man who "if this young lady was not a good little girl...would put on his big black traveling cloak lined with fur, just like your daddy's...and ride through the night straight to the nursery and - Yes, my beauty! GOBBLE YOU UP!" The recitation of an oral tradition for the tale is a nice touch, coming as it does within the larger frame of a written version; it also advances the plot by enumerating the narrator's anxieties." ...read more.

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