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AS and A Level: Angela Carter
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- Peer Reviewed essays 6
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?4 star(s)
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.
- Word count: 1236
"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 tale4 star(s)
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.
- Word count: 1382
Critical Analysis, Snow Child (Angela Carter). Angela Carter brings to plain sight many issues, within modern day human relationships, within the extended metaphor of The Snow Child;3 star(s)
Angela Carter immediately forms an air of danger, merged with one of sexual desires. Almost as a hint as to what will transpire as the story progresses. In the story the count wishes for "the child of his desires", a girl "as white as snow", "as red as blood" and "as black as that [raven's] feather". The colours used in this definition are very powerful and are of great importance of the message Carter tries to project. 'White and snow' suggests that the count wants a sexually pure plaything, as white is the purist colour, also similar to canvas, therefore, malleable.
- Word count: 1059
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
- Word count: 999
Consider how and to what purpose Angela Carter uses a folk story in any two or three short stories from "The Bloody Chamber"3 star(s)
The male characters both give their new wives the keys to the household, making sure to point to the key to the forbidden room that they must not under any circumstances enter. Angela Carter has brought the story forward in time. So it is modern, but not so far that it is contempory. It is set in post revolutionary France, circa 1890; she has done this so as to choose an age where great wealth is available to a very small minority.
- Word count: 1289
Explore the narrative techniques used by Angela Carter to subvert, reverse and challenge the reader's expectations and assumptions, in 'The Bloody Chamber', 'The Company Of Wolves' and 'The Courtship Of Mr.Lyon'.3 star(s)
Because of the fact that the three stories are based on other stories we expect Angela Carter's version to take a more similar path to the story line. There are elements of the original fairy tale that they have been based upon. 'The Bloody Chamber' is told from the point of view of a nameless heroine from the point in her life where she has just got married to a wealthy widower and is heading for a new life at his castle.
- Word count: 1641