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    Critical Analysis of Tigers Bride, paying particular attention to feminist views.

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    Then I saw my father's trunks were packed, ready for departure. Could he so easily me here?" Here, Carter expresses how both Beauty's father, and the Beast, care more for satisfying their desires than for the dignity and safety of Beauty, "and paid promptly, as if it had not been a sight I might have died showing". This explains that the Beast handled the deal (if Beauty showed herself naked to him, he would return everything, including her, to her father), as if it were an impersonal business exchange, where as, if he had truly cared for Beauty, he would

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  2. The Bloody Chamber analysis pg 17-19

    He wishes to coax her away from her virginity. "a shower of sparks" - possibly represents orgasm (mini-death). Linked with the symbol of the Opal, and its connotations with bad luck, the reader can associate sex with death. A typical feature of the gothic. "I felt giddy as I were on the edge of a precipice" - sexual anticipation for when her husband returns from America. Further emphasises the close link between sex and death. "monstrous presence" - he is well endowed? "always subtly oppressed me" - she never feels in control. Typically passive "reborn in unfamiliar shapes.

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  3. Explain how carter uses language to change the voice of the narrator throughout the bloody chamber

    However, the mention of pornography could outline the feeling of shame the narrator feels, as it is affiliated with social taboos and embarrassment. This would show that through her materialistic intent she is begrudgingly in a sexual situation, with the man she is only with for his fortune. She might feel like a prostitute through this, and therefore shameful for her choices. Carter uses this device to express that sex should be entirely consensual, not just through acceptance of it, but for both partners to want to under no pressure or feeling of shame.

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  4. Explore Carter's use of Shakespeare in the novel 'Wise Children'

    Many of the Shakespeare references used in the novel can be seen as ultimately unnecessary which begs the question: Why does Carter use such an array of references? To the extent where her home is a reference to Shakespeare, '49 Bard Road' in this instant art emulates life as Carter associates Dora's home with Shakespeare. Combined with the number of absurd references conforms Wise Children to magic realism as the readers will be unable to determine if Carter is using these often absurd references to Shakespeare in a realistic way.

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  5. 'Wise Children' What do you find interesting in the way Dora tells her story

    From the very beginning of the novel Dora directly addresses the reader 'Good morning! let me introduce myself, my name is Dora Chance'. Dora immediately confronts the reader introducing herself, the reader can already establish that Dora is enthusiastic by the use of 'Good morning!', the exclamation mark adds to the effect that Dora is confrontation but also eccentric and flamboyant. Dora continues to engage the reader in the first extract of the novel with lines such as 'Give us a minute, puss, let's have a look out of the window'. The use of 'us' and 'let's' are very effective as the give the reader the feeling that they are in the same room

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  6. What purpose does p125 have to the novel Wise Children?

    And, although youth and age are heavily contrasted throughout the book, in this instance they are united by the 'celluloid' - they are able to relive their youthful selves over and over. Carter's use of The Dream bridges the gap between reality and the many examples of magical realism throughout Wise Children, it is a 'vehicle for insinuating the supernatural or paranormal into normal reality'. This is a into the extract with the contrasting statements given that 'It was all to literal for me' and Dora's retelling of when 'one poor chap fell into the toilet'.

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  7. Discuss the portrayal of the child in "the Erl King" and "the Werewolf"

    Carter is concerned with the male desire for sexual innocence and this is portrayed in the stories through the young protagonists. Youth is often seen to equate to purity and this assumption is made by the reader in the opening of both stories, particularly through the allusions to Red Riding Hood, the atypical "good", "young" girl. Carter delights in shattering these presumptions later in the stories by having her characters behave unlike the youth we are used to seeing portrayed in this genre.

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  8. Examine how Angela Carter presents and explores ideas about aging in 'Wise Children'

    'I sometimes wonder why we go on living' (112). Dora states, 'you only miss an institution like a Joe Lyons teashop when it's gone'. With this statement, Carter may have intended it to have more than one meaning. One meaning, could be what it says, that Dora misses the Joe Lyons teashops, but another meaning could be the teashop is a metaphor for her life: you only miss it when it's gone. This tone is regretful and hints that she wishes she were still young.

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  9. Comparative Analysis of The Company of Wolves and Wolf-Alice.

    Later he turned into a wolf and was very aggressive with the girl but she was able to control the situation. Similarly, �Wolf-Alice� is a coming of age story about a girl named Alice, who was raised by a pack of wolves. One day humans found her and tried to train her to act like a human, but when that failed she was sent to live with a Duke, who was also violent and aggressive. One day she found a mirror and a dress in the Duke's house and realized that she was a girl, not a wolf.

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  10. James Thurber's story, "The Little Girl and the Wolf".

    The little girl reaches her grandmother's house sometime later and walks in. She notices someone in the bed and quite calmy and humorously (or possibly even sarcastically) comes to the conclusion that the person in the bed is not her grandmother. Without any emotion or expression she pulls a gun out of her basket and kills the wolf. The story ends with the moral: "It is not so easy to fool little girls nowadays as it used to be." (Elements of Literature, p.

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  11. Commenton Angela Carter's stories

    She skillfully links the imageries of the same connotations together, referring to the same sense and idea metaphorically, which creates a unity, coherent passage. In The Snow Child, the 'immaculate' midwinter, 'fresh snow' on the snow already fallen, 'the whole world was white', and the image of the girl is 'as white as snow', all give the sense of purity. Metaphors and similes are used to create a more vivid picture, such as in The Company of Wolves, 'his nipples are ripe and dark as poison fruit', which is also a sexual imagery.

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  12. There is a rich and compelling force of the writing of Angela Carter, which effectively suspends our disbelief in her subject matter. Discuss.

    Romances of the teenager, and then the sharper tones of the young adult, are scrutinised with the cold eye of the boudoir philosopher". In "The Bloody Chamber", Angela Carter reworks some of the West's best-known fairy-tales, transforming them with "brilliantly baroque imagery" and from a perspective that owes almost as much to Freud as it does to feminism. Some readers of Angela Carter's "The Bloody Chamber" have seen its narrator-protagonist as a passive young woman who makes little attempt to avoid her apparent fate.

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  13. Discuss Angela Carter’s Treatment of Innocence and Sexuality In ‘the Bloody Chamber and Other Stories’.

    All conform to recognisably male fantasies of domination, submission and possession. Heterosexual feminists have not yet invented an alternative, anti-sexist language of the erotic. Carter envisages women's sensuality simply as a response to male arousal. She has no conception of women's sexuality as autonomous desire. Here is the sexual model, which endorses the "normal" and natural sadism of the male, happily complemented by the normal and natural masochism of the female. These are themes Carter is keen to reason and portray to her reading audience. Her attitudes towards sexuality are evident in these collected short stories of heavy and rich description.

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  14. Compare and contrast the “Just So Stories” of Rudyard Kipling with “The Bloody Chambers and other stories” by Angela Carter.

    I think this is very unrealistic. This is another comparison to a fable. Rudyard Kiplings' stories are so similar to those of Angela Carters' because they both use the idea of anthropomorphism but the two authors use the method very differently indeed. In Rudyard Kiplings' stories he creates the animals to inherit human qualities such as speech. For example: In "The Elephants child" the elephant uses human speech but the language has been slightly adjusted, i.e.- "I don't think you peoples know..."

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  15. How does Angela Carter reinterpret Gothic Conventions in The Tigers Bride, and The Courtship of Mr Lyon?

    This is particularly evident in ?The Courtship of Mr Lyon? where Mr Lyon takes the role of the desperate women locked away, needing to be saved. Mr Lyon claims to be ?dying? because Beauty left ?because you left me.? The state of the lion is covered in the description with imagery of death and decay; ?dead? flowers, ?groaning? hinges, and ?drifting cobwebs.? Beauty therefore takes the role of the male protagonist. There is a mention of otherness as Beauty found My Lyons ?bewildering difference intolerable,? whereas, conventionally, the male was the norm and the female the other.

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