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A Stylistic analysis of the use of point of view in The Bloody Chamber

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  • Submitted: 01/12/2008
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An analysis of the use of point of view in Angela Carter's 'The Bloody Chamber'

I would like to begin my essay with a short introduction testifying to the method of analysis by which I will be studying this text and within these fields how analysing point of view can compliment and help to enhance our understanding and appreciation of a text's sophistication or cleverness, and then go on to place Angela Carter's work within this context. It is interesting to note that although in terms of the place of women in society there has been a great deal of improvement towards equality since the book's first publication in 1979, Carter's sometimes gothic and gruesome style still proves just as shocking to a contemporary reader, male or female. I would argue that this is predominantly through her use of the poignant insight of a scrambled and sometimes abstract first person narrative that 'deals directly with the imagery of the unconscious,1' and the previously fairly unearthed depths of the female mind, and its passions and desires through an analysis of the narrative. Carter's work has been described to be fairly pornographic and the reason this holds particular significance is because

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