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Angela Carter makes good use of dismal situations in both ‘The Bloody Chamber´ to gain control of the readers attention.

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  • Submitted: 11/07/2002
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GCSE Mary Shelley

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Angela Carter makes good use of dismal situations in both 'The Bloody Chamber´ to gain control of the readers attention.

The major sense of desperation arises when the heroine enters the bloody chamber in her newly wedded husbands castle. The impact of this moment is powerful because up to now the bride is portrayed as a naïve blushing bride. At this point it can be sensed that death awaits her. Once she passes the ill-lit corridor she crosses the boundary into the realm of death, mutilation, blood and horror. The passage leading up to this point has been thoroughly described by Carter. Angela Carter goes as far as to personify the chamber walls, "they gleamed as if they were sweating with fright."

Initially the narrative begins in an excited garbled state, but as the description becomes detailed it invokes a sense of immediacy. At the height of suspense we are led to the dead corpse with, "the dead lips smiled" making the situation even more drastic. Carter then strangely begins to describe the surroundings with elegant imagery, "yet the skull was still so beautiful, had shapes with sheer planes...."

As the bride becomes familiar with

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