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Compare and contrast between the three Lady Hazards

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Compare and contrast between the three Lady Hazards Angela Carter has presented the three Lazy Hazards as three very different and unique characters. They all represent characteristics of "everyday" women, however their outlook on life differs from one another, due to their experiences in life. Angela Carter also uses these characters to portray her feminist views. Lady Atlanta, Melchior's first wife, is depicted as a somewhat melancholic character that spends much of her time reminiscing about her past relationship with Melchior. Lady Atlanta herself admits to Dora and Nora, "I live mostly in the past. I find it's better." She can not escape the guilt that she feels after having an affair with Peregrine, Melchior's biological brother. Angela Carter has also purposefully contrasted Miss Havisham to Lady Atlanta; "She looked quite lovely, not so much Miss Haversham." Miss Haversham is a fictitious character that spends her life wearing her yellowing bridal gown and wallowing in self-pity and hatred towards her ex-fianc´┐Że. Her extreme attitude mirrors that of Lady Hazard's, as they both live their present lives reflecting on their past relationships, however unlike Havisham, Lady Atlanta has non-existent feelings of vexation towards Melchior. ...read more.


Lady Atlanta, on the other hand, is much more reserved that Daisy, and would rather question their choice of clothing, "Don't you think you've gone a little too far?" whereas Daisy has a noticeably more modern outlook and a carefree attitude. Daisy also manages to move on after her relationship with Melchior ends, however Lady Atlanta can not do this. Dora and Nora may also treat Lady Atlanta differently to Daisy, due to the fact that Daisy still has her prestige and fame. At Melchior's one-hundredth birthday party, she is greeted by a "round of cheers," and people around her "stood on chairs" to get a clearer view of her. This is diametrically opposed to the entrance of Lady Atlanta, as she is hidden under a white sheet to hide from the "public humiliation." Unlike Daisy, she is not recognised with awe, as people perceive her as being "the sad decline of the most beautiful woman of her time." Dora and Nora admire the way that Daisy has managed to keep her beauty and dignity even at an old age, whereas the irony of Lady ...read more.


Angela Carter has purposefully ensures that during the majority of the novel, the reader is left feeling very sympathetic towards Lady Atlanta. This is so that her out of character outburst during chapter five completely shocks the reader. She announces publicly that her daughters "never sprang from the seed of Melchior Hazard!" She verbalises her anger and built up frustration, leaving the reader with a new-found respect for her courage and honesty. This contrasts greatly to Daisy and Lady Margarine's far less controversial exit from the novel. Angela Carter not only shows her feminist views through Lady Hazard's confident revelation, but also through Daisy's power over her husband "Puck." Dora calls Puck Daisy's "gigolo," as he seems to obey her commands, and is happy to live in her shadow. This is very typical of Angela Carter's feminist view, as she wants to show that even though we are living in a patriarchal society, women always seem to challenge this, and it is in fact the women that have control over men; not the other way round contrary to society's beliefs. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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