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Passage from "The Bloody Chamber" by Angela Carter: From "He was rich as Croesus" pg. 10 to "The next day, we were married" pg.11.

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Carmen Kabel Gonzalez Yr. 12 English Literature ASSIGNMENT 1 Passage from "The Bloody Chamber" by Angela Carter: From "He was rich as Croesus" pg. 10 to "The next day, we were married" pg.11 After having read the passage several times, it is comprehensible that the evident meaning of it is what she (the young woman about to marry) feels, thinks and experiences in this new phase of her life. The themes are the ones of apparent love, which suggests that the proceedings in this passage are only superficial and the feelings (for example hers) will be disturbed later on. The theme of communication reflecting the fact that there is no contact between the couple since there is no dialogue in this passage; also it mirrors her doubtfulness, for example when she says "... I thought I must truly love him", this implies the idea of the lack of knowledge she has got about her future husband, hence the doubts. Along the text, the feelings that have been transmitted to the reader are the ones of uncertainty (referring back to one of the themes), inferiority, desire and bareness. ...read more.


For example, the passage reads they were married but it does not say where. The type of prose is narrative since it is narrated. The narrator is the girl herself; this makes the story telling more personal and hence more direct to the reader. The characters are not personified. The girl, since she is the narrator refers to herself as I, to her fianc´┐Że as he, and to her mother as mother. This may confuse the reader but the main effect it has is the one that reflects the characters only superficially, and Angela Carter, by giving them no names only emphasizes on their appearances so that the end of the story is more astonishing. This allows the reader to visualize the characters only superficially and in the end the reader can complete the images he has of every character by their last actions, which reveal who and how they really are like. The relationship of the characters refers back to the theme of communication. The passage is narrated in the past. The events are a memory of the narrator, hence it is narrated chronologically. ...read more.


There is a contrast between the words " deathly passion" since a passion takes hold of your thoughts; it doesn't take hold of your life. This suggests that now she feels that way, but later on, this " deathly passion" may take hold of her life. The repetition of the "and" word suggests how she was beset with new things and events, also new faces. The color "red" is repeated several times and this evokes the theme of apparent love, since love is not what he wants her for..he is rather willing to kill her and see her set next to the other wives at the Bloody (blood>red) Chamber. This is also a contrast since red is usually a symbol of love, but here it is a symbol of death, hence the link to the theme. The repetition of the words "I, me, myself, my" are an example of how direct the text is for the reader since it is told from the narrators point of view which makes it more of a personal experience. This passage is vital for the fairy tale, since it introduces the situation and it introduces the choker of rubies, which is essential for the story. Essay word count: 1137 words ...read more.

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