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Compare and contrast Melchior and Peregrine and how important they are to the novel

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Compare and contrast Melchior and Peregrine and how important they are to the novel Melchior and Peregrine can almost be places side by side and seen as an oxymoron when compared to each other. They are diametrically opposed regarding their paternal instincts and priorities in life, even though they are fraternal twins. However, even though their personalities have a large impact on the novel, Angela Carter has ensured that her feminist views are prominent in showing both Mel and Perry as somewhat irresponsible and the cause of many of the female character's distress. Dora and Nora perceive Perry as monumental. He is "the size of a warehouse, bigger, the size of a tower block" and as far as he is concerned "life's a carnival." This is an aptly appropriate quotation, which Angela Carter has purposefully chosen to write to show clearly how Perry embodies carnivelesque. He not only seems to make their life as enjoyable as possible, but he also seems to always manage to save the day. ...read more.


The fact that Mel seems to only care about retrieving his crown, and has no thought to the safety of any of his family member shows his intense and extreme ambition. In fact, he explains to Dora how the crown is worth more to him than "wealth, or fame, or women, or children..." Before Perry gives Mel his crown, he taunts him by telling him to "Jump for it, if you want it." This scenario shows the reader not only how much joy Perry must gain from belittling Mel and showing him in his true ruthless form, but also how Perry contrasts to Mel's uncaring attitude, after all it was Perry who saves Nora from the fire. This is very important to the novel, as it allows the reader to sympathise and understand why Dora and Nora have such unconventional lives, and Mel's low morals also seems to be the stem of all their problems, such as their distant relationship with their siblings. Dora and Nora both grow up with Peregrine taking the paternal role. This affects them, as they feel rejected by their father Mel "Us. ...read more.


My interpretation on the reason why Angela Carter, from the very beginning, had this underlying revelation in mind, was to put forward her feminist beliefs of society. She wanted to show that even though we are living in a male dominated society, it is the women that keep families, the core of a person's existence, secure and stable. Mel left Kitty to bring up Dora and Nora, meanwhile Perry who appeared to be the perfect substitute father, was also guilty of producing illegitimate children. However this particular revelation only seems to bring Saskia and Imogen to become closer to their mother, "begging her to forgive and forget," whilst Perry "was left right out in the cold." This illustrates clearly Angela's Carter's views that mothers are the stronger role models for their children. "Father is a hypothesis, but "mother" is a fact." The story line progresses to make this simple, but very powerful point. Paternal figures, in particular Mel and Perry, seem to drift in and out of the lives of their children, which make them very unpredictable and unreliable, however a mother is a fact, someone that can't be relied upon to keep normality a part of their children's lives. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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