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Delicious, eccentric, opulent, cruel corrupt: all of these adjectives appear in the story ‘The Bloody Chamber’, which do you find helpful in describing Angela Carter’s style?

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Delicious, eccentric, opulent, cruel corrupt: all of these adjectives appear in the story 'The Bloody Chamber', which do you find helpful in describing Angela Carter's style? In the order of the above title the words valorously mean; "appealing to the senses". "Deviating from convention in bizarre manner", "abundant and plentiful", "causing pain without pity", "morally deprived and lacking integrity". It would be fair to say that all the above words are helpful in describing Angela Carter's style but in varying degrees. The very nature of the stories themselves are cruel ass indeed they were in their original form so it is not totally accurate to say this is her own style exactly. However, there are flashes of pure cruelty, non-essential to the plot. For instance in 'The Bloody Chamber' the count bans his new wife from entering his 'den' but adds cruelly "There I can go you understand, to savour the rare pleasure of imagining myself wife less". ...read more.

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"Funeral lilies whose white sheaths are curled out of a flesh as thick yielding to the touch as vellum". It is a deliciously sensual description using the senses of touch. Later in the same story she appeals to the sense of taste giving a vivid description of a meal. "An aromatic soup ... a cold bird, a cold souffl�, cheese" all temptingly delicious sounding. She continues to tempt the senses with a visual feast of the Russia they knew "Black earth, blue forest... white nights of cool summer, the fireworks of the northern lights". She brings smell into the range also, "The thick, rich wild scent... hangs all about us.". This leaves us with eccentric and corrupt. Throughout the whole book, there are flashes of eccentric behaviour. In the first story, the heroine's mother, having previously despatched a man-eating tiger kills her daughter's husband. In Mr Lyon we are treated to a King Charles spaniel taking the part of a manservant. ...read more.

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" I sensed in myself a potentially for corruption that took my breath away". The count catches his young innocent wife reading through his erotic books and taunts her with the words "My little nun has found the prayer books has she?" He alludes to what must be the ultimate corruption - that of a bride of Christ. He tells his bride that he has bought her with "Coloured stones and the pelts of dead beasts". Who is the most corrupt? The giver or the taker? The final depravity he wishes to inflict upon her is baldly stating to her the form of her impending death "decapitation" he wants her to bathe and dress and be jewel herself for her execution, the behaviour of a totally corrupt individual. Angela Carter sees the world as a corrupt place peopled by corrupters with nature lending more that a helping hand. The line that sums this up perfectly comes from the 'Company of Wolves' "She knew the worst wolves are hairy on the inside." Thomas Whittle English Coursework 2002 Page 1 of 4 ...read more.

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