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"Too weird, too ugly, too depressing"To what extent do you agree with this criticism of Carter's writing

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"Too weird, too ugly, too depressing"To what extent do you agree with this criticism of Carter's writing. Angela Carter's three short stories are a re-creation of old fairy tales which are melded into feminist tales of love, loss, lust, and sexuality. Her stories find their genesis in the childlike versions of Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, and others, Ms. Carter transforms these fantastical stories into adult renditions where pretty girls lie down with wolves, and a Count "thrust his virile member into the dead girl". In each of these stories, Ms. Carter creates an unexpected, erotic feel which is intertwined with mystery and an adult edginess that goes far beyond the original versions of these fairy tales. ...read more.


Fairy tales are storeis told to children Girls learn through these stories that their value lies in their looks and that the way people look naturally determines the way they behave. They are also conditioned through these tales to become passive and unadventurous - to wait for their charming prince to arrive and save them out of the limbo and insignificance of their lives. The only women who have any sort of power in these fairy tales are both evil and good fairies I will start talking about "The Snow Child" and conclude by saying if I agree or disagree with the statement. This very short story narrates what happens whilst the count and his countess go for a walk. ...read more.


She materialises before their eyes and "[t]he count lifted her up and sat her in front of him on his saddle but the Countess had only one thought: how shall I be rid of her?" (Carter 1979: 92). 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 the Countess is reclothed. This narrative clearly exposes how the heroines of fairy tales are the constructs of patriarchal thinking, based on the desire for destruction and sexual conquest; and how women are conceived of as having to endure and compete for the fickle attention of men. ...read more.

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