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

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How does Angela Carter reinterpret Gothic Conventions in ?The Tigers Bride,? and ?The Courtship of Mr Lyon?? Angela Carter reinterprets Gothic Conventions in both ?The Tigers Bride?, and ?The Courtship of Mr Lyon.? These reinterpreted gothic conventions are not merely used by Angela Carter to shock the reader, (typical of the Gothic), but additionally to add a sub-genre. This is clearly the case in both ?The Tigers Bride? and ?Courtship of Mr Lyon? as the feminist and Marxist message is provided by the subversion of the genre. For instance, in a conventional gothic novel the female is stereotypically either the ?trembling victim? or ?predator.? In other cases, women remain absent from the Gothic novel all together. However, in both of these short stories from Angela Carters collection ?The Bloody Chamber,? this gender role is subverted so the male becomes the victim. ...read more.

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In both stories she puts animals on a higher level than man for their more moral qualities. The beast for instance is juxtaposed against her farther in ?The Tigers Bride? as he is the poor protector who ?bartered,? and lost his ?treasure? (again, objectifying women.) The use of animals again explores a feminist message, as Carter believed that like animals, females were regarded as soulless. However, in both texts Carter also holds onto many of the stereotypical gender gothic conventions. For example the reference to Beauty as ?Miss Lamb? in ?The Courtship of Mr Lyon? and also the mention of the lamb in ?The Tigers Bride? ?Lion lies down with the lamb.? Furthermore, in both stories Beauty is objectified and the property of her farther, this is introduced immediately in ?The Tigers Bride?, ?my farther lost me to the Beast at cards.? The female here is clearly still a victim. ...read more.

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Marxist reference, which is hinted at again ?all of the world he knew need not necessarily apply.? Gothic symbolism is also reinterpreted in both novels. The reference to the ?white rose? is a widely recognised gothic symbol and is featured in both short storied. However, besides symbolising the innocence of women and their purity, it could also symbolise freedom and salvation, much like a ?white flag? as both Beauty?s try to escape patriarchal society. Carter additionally subverts the supernatural. For instance in ?The Tigers Bride,? despite inter-textuality with ?Beauty and the Beast? it is beauty who must transform into the Beast, as he licks her skin off revealing a nascent patina of shining hairs. The sole purpose of this, however, in not purely to shock the reader. Beauty is removing any human elements from herself, giving her, allowing her to break away from society and its limitations on women. ...read more.

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