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    CONSIDER THE WAYS IN WHICH CARTER BLENDS ANIMAL AND HUMAN CHARACTERISTICS IN THE BLOODY CHAMBER. HOW DOES THIS CONTRIBUTE TO THE DESTINATION OF THE STORIES/COLLECTION?

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    The Marquis' animalism is a constant in the story; it does not change or develop, as in other stories. This liminality, then, serves only to highlight Carter's view of powerful men as vicious brutes who objectify and humiliate women, which she extracts from the "latent content" of the eponymous character of the traditional fairy tale 'Bluebeard'. The first instance of liminality in the collection, then, is a relatively two dimensional affair, with the capacity for animalism in men being exposed and, ultimately, triumphed over through the strength of maternal instincts.

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    "The Bloody Chamber" by Angela Carter - With close reference to one of the tales, discuss how Carter draws upon and subverts conventions of the fairy tale

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    With reading the "Bloody Chamber" one can quite quickly understand that it isn't a fairy tale at all because of the narrative perspective used and they way the story pans out. First comes the classic Angela Carter theme of sexual domination and submission. The villain is to blame for all this - the male. The male who fits Angela Carter's classic formula perfectly. The tall, dark and dominant male is someone who doesn't usually speak much and has a sinister side to him and his actions are motivated by dishonourable intentions.

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