This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Book Review Of The Bloody Chamber And Other Stories By Angea Carter

792 words - 4 pages

Angela Carter’s ” The Bloody Chamber And Other Stories” is a collection of short stories written in the style of traditional fairy tales. The thrust of these stories is the objectification of women. Carter uses the fairy tale style as a way of exploring female power, desire and sexuality and adeptly uses the fantasy framework to explore feminist ideas.
Throughout these stories, young females are portrayed as passive beings in the beginning of the stories but it becomes clear in each that passivity is not celebrated in women.
The first of these stories, “The Bloody Chamber” is based on the Bluebeard tale in which his wife is forbidden from entering a particular room in the castle and when she does discovers the dead bodies of his former wives. In this story, the Marquis finds out that his wife has entered the room and decides to kill her but with the help of her mother and the blind piano tuner the Marquis is killed and the heroine inherits all of his money. She gives the estate away and lives the rest of her life with her mother and the blind piano tuner.
The next stories are cat tails, the first two of which are based on Beauty and The Beast. The third is called ” Puss-in-Boots”, a very funny piece with the cat as narrator. Following that there are three stories what are thematically similar in that lovers are portrayed as lethal partners and sex leads to death. Finally the last three stories are werewolf stories loosely based on the tale of Little Red Riding Hood.
Transformation is a common these in all of these stories. In fact these stories act as reminders that human beings can change. In “The Courtship of Mr. Lyon” or “The Tiger’s Bride” the heroine struggles to experience herself as an individual instead of an objectified being. In “The Courtship of Mr. Lyon”, the young innocent trades her passive nature for that of a more worldly person. In “The Tiger’s Bride” the heroine becomes a tigress, discovering and accepting her animal side. In “The Bloody Chamber” the heroine is transformed from a young, passive, virginal being to a strong, self-directed individual. In “Wolf-Alice” the heroine begins to menstruate and transforms from the wolf-girl to becoming more human than animal.
In many of these stories the hero...

Find Another Essay On Book Review of The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angea Carter

Critical Review of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling

863 words - 4 pages Nicole Silvey American Literature 25 March 2014 Critical Review (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets-J.K.Rowling) The good of Harry and his allies overpowers the bad in Voldemort “Ginny!” said Mr. Weasley, flabbergasted. “Haven't I taught you anything? What have I always told you? Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain?” The good of Harry and his allies overpowers the bad in Voldemort

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Book Summary

752 words - 3 pages attacks occurred for a while, and right before Valentine's Day, Harry found a diary in a broken restroom. The diary belonged to a ghost named Moaning Myrtle who haunted the girls' restroom. Harry wrote in the diary, which responds by writing back. Through this dialogue, Harry met Tom Riddle, a boy who many years before had accused Hagrid of opening the Chamber of Secrets.Hermione was mysteriously petrified. Harry and Ron ventured out of the castle

Inequitable Power Dynamics in Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber and The Tiger’s Bride

1491 words - 6 pages Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber and The Tiger’s Bride are both examples of “unsanitary” stories, stories which are filled with gore, sexually explicit themes and norm- breaking story lines. Carter argues that the combination of pornography and conventional gender roles of cultural ideology are responsible for female oppression. In both of these stories, Carter revisits the gender conventions and the problem of inequitable justice of women in

"Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets" by J.K. Rowling

770 words - 3 pages R.P.R "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"By Christopher McNally"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" by J.K. Rowling is another award winning book from the popular series about Harry and his friends. The book has been made into a film that will premiere in November. The intent of my essay is to look at the female characters in the male dominated book and find out which one is the strongest.When Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and

Wiles of Men and other stories by Salwa Bakr

1257 words - 5 pages The word empowerment means to give somebody a sense of confidence or self-esteem. The word repression means the process of suppressing somebody or the condition of having political, social, or cultural freedom controlled by force. "That Beautiful Undiscovered Voice", tells a story of a woman, Sayyida, who on her own, discovers that she has this beautiful voice and uses that voice to empower herself and get away from repression. After being

Harry Piglet And The Chamber Of Bums

689 words - 3 pages Harry Piglet And The Chamber Of BumsI'm sure you know who Harry Piglet is, BUT I'll tell you again anyway. Harry Piglet is a boy who goes to the wizard school called Hogs-Eat-Warts. He has been going there for 2 years so he is quite experienced.One glorious morning Harry Piglet was going to his class room when he saw a dead boy on the floor. In his hand was a note it said "Gas Masks need Gas masks dying need". Harry Piglet was so shocked that he

Book Review of "THe Hobbit" by Tolken

709 words - 3 pages the story flowing so well throughout the whole book that it seemed like he put one eye-catching and entertaining thing after another, to keep you reading on and on. One of the things that you might not enjoy about this book is that it is somewhat long. Also like most of the other good authors Tolkien uses a good amount of time to display most of the settings, which makes the book seem longer than it is. Now if you do not enjoy that, in some

Book Report: The Other Side Of Truth by Beverley Naidoo

1058 words - 4 pages , or any of their relations again.The Other Side of Truth is a tragic novel that I found, on the whole is very emotional. The characters are very convincing and memorable. They are described as seen through the eyes of Sade and are very realistic.The author has named the people who play minor parts in the novel, by the action they did, or what they said in the story. For example, all we hear about one character is, " A man in a yellow coat guarded

The Education of" Little Tree" by Forrest Carter. Discussing diversity issues in the book, The Education of Little Tree

1015 words - 4 pages , I will expound upon some of the diversity issues that Little Tree encountered.Title: Exploring Diversity Issues Encountered by Little Tree in his Quest for Knowledge.In the book, The Education of Little Tree, grandparents of a five-year-old, Native-American boy informally adopted their grandson after his parents passed away in 1930. They affectionately called him Little Tree. He was a very naïve and impressionable, little boy who treasured

Book review of The Cheating of America by Charles Lewis and Bill Allison

879 words - 4 pages that the U.S. Tax Court found the taxpayer wholly innocent of what can only be characterized as trumped-up charges brought by the IRS, the authors' assertion that "upper-income taxpayers do not pay their fair share" depends upon how one defines "fair share." In their book, Lewis and Allison cite several carefully selected examples of wealthy Americans and corporations finding ways to avoid paying their fair share in federal income taxes, some

A review of the book, Andrew Jackson and the Search for Vindication by James Curtis

923 words - 4 pages Ireland that migrated here during a time of social and economic turmoil. Arriving in the late 1760's, Jackson explored the prospective rolling countryside with the uncontrolled freedom that encouraged his wild behavior. By the age of fourteen, Jackson had lost his brothers and both parents, leaving a young troubled boy to fend for himself in the turbulent south. Evidently, Jackson's rebellious attitude brought him nowhere in school. The local

Similar Essays

Angela Carter And The Bloody Chamber

1049 words - 4 pages Angela Carter was writing in the 1970's during a wave of feminism and this influence in seen in her take on fairytales in the Bloody Chamber. Her messages about the society are often subtle, critical and cynical, she combines the realistic and the fantastic to create 'magic realism' The stories of the heroines combined with the magical approach of the fairytale brings the issue of gender roles to a brilliant intensity. Her stories challenge

"Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle Of The Gulf War And Other Battles" By Anthony Swofford Book Review

1612 words - 6 pages " comes from when soldiers shave their heads they look like jars. The Marines is also called "the Suck" by marines because you've always wanted to be in it but now that you are you hate it. He also says you are bred to be a killer, you loose your rights, you're taught to love your gun, and you are the best.In the book the author describes a number of people reacting to the difficulties of life, war, and service in the U.S. Marines. He

Southern Horrors And Other Writings: Book Review

1423 words - 6 pages Ida B. Wells was born into slavery, and lived in Holly Springs Mississippi. She was later freed, and learned from her parents what it meant to be a political activist. By 1891, Wells was the owner of the newspaper, Free Speech, and was reporting on the horrors that were occurring in the south. Wells, along with other people of the African American activist community were particularly horrified about the lynching’s that were occurring in the

Power And Knowledge In Angela Carter’s ‘The Bloody Chamber’

1115 words - 4 pages The Oxford University Dictionary defines the word power as ‘authority or control’ over an individual and knowledge as ‘the sum of what is known’. In Angela Carter’s story The Bloody Chamber (1979) knowledge and power correlate with each other. The more information a character possesses the greater authority they have. In The Bloody Chamber Carter utilises a variety of literary techniques to express the importance of knowledge and power in the