The Werewolf (Review) from Angela Carter's "The Bloody Chamber".

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The Werewolf!

By: Harshal Patil

        A wolf, women, blood and lots of blood is what you will see in ‘The Werewolves’, a story recently published and written by Angela Carter in the book ‘The Bloody Chamber’. The story is a variation of the classic fairy tale ‘The Little Red Riding Hood’. The story revolves around a little girl who is on her way to meet her sick grandmother and has to stride through a jungle.

        The little girl leaves her house but before she leaves her house, her mother gives the girl a knife for her protection. As she is strolling through the woods, she hears a ‘wolf’s cry’ .The girl turns and cuts the animal’s paws, puts them in a bag and carries on.  As she enters her grandmother’s house, she finds her grandmother to be very sick. The girl shakes the cloth to make a hot compress and the paw falls out. The girl looks at the paw and realizes that it has changed and tuned into a human hand. She recognizes it as her grandmother’s. 

        She pulls her grandmothers sheets and sees that her grandmother has a rotting wound on her arm which was the cause of sickness. The girl starts to cry and hearing this, the villagers come in and stone the grandmother to death. The story ends with surprising note “Now the child lived in her grandmother's house; she prospered."

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The girl approaching her grandmother’s house. (From )


        In the story we see that even though the girl loses her grandmother, but she shows no remorse as she gets all her grandmother’s possessions including the house she lived in. This story is very much different from Angela Carters usual stories as it is not written from a feminist point of view. She depicts the grandmother as the monster suggesting that man is not a woman’s only enemy. This trend (non-feministic) is also evident in another story by Angela Carter, ‘The Snow Child’ where it is the other female characters ...

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