It dismantles and explodes long-established depictions of women within the fairy tale genre, which “encoded the dark and mysterious elements of the psyche” (Makinen). Carter was no doubt inspired by the works of author and fairytale collector Charles Perrault, whose fairy tales she had translated shortly beforehand. Furthermore, once the girl from ‘The Company of Wolves’ and the wolf have recognised and fulfilled their mutual desire, when she has “laughed at him full in the face” and “ripped off his shirt for him”, she is able to sleep sweet and sound “between the paws of the tender wolf”. Despite Duncker’s opinion that the girl from ‘The Company of Wolves’ simply sees rape as inevitable, “she wants it really, they all do.” (qtd in Gamble) and that Carter fails to transcend ideology, this particular reading of sexual awakening feels incomplete and limiting. �i���U�HjZ�nw0d頂�)��v����_A0�����i� �d4����A4�M5@�I��*L&�Z�0���a5T�&�텪Tªa0��Mt�_L&5A4�a4M4��L&��@���M �A��Ml-�V�a5�@�(�� �L*��ci��aH��a A�Xa0�� Like the devil in the Italian tale Silvernose , Bluebeard is marked by a physical disfigurement -- the beard that "made him so frightfully ugly that all the women and girls run away from him." In true feminist fashion, it is the fearless, Amazonian mother who rides to the rescue, “a wild thing… skirts tucked around her waist… as if she had been Medusa” (Carter ‘The Bloody Chamber’). But be warned, if you read Bluebeard hoping for more of The Bloody Chamber it may feel a little like having to drink a beaker of cheap house red after enjoying a goblet of full bodied, rich Rioja. !�h�j�h&@�������� �� �M�! By Rosalyn Stilling. As the story goes, our senses become even more heightened to the evocative language on the page, much like the vivid colours of a Disney fairy tale; we are drawn into the this particular story by vivid descriptions and intense images, which combine to produce an unnerving, yet exhilarating effect. Some of my favorite women writers (Emma Donoghue and Sarah Waters, for instance) cite the English … This essay intends to explore how Carter’s text presents us with a complex and original expression of a forceful feminist vision. Indeed, she has declared: “It’s been amazingly difficult… trying to sort out how I feel that feminism has affected my work, because that is really saying how it has affected my life and I don’t really know that because I live my life, I don’t examine it” (Carter ‘Notes’). �=5���!��(OD3�T��!��O��gw�H/�� �M�a���!�Bm����@��h�z ��p�6�7�@���a�"mCH��0� �6�/J�ݺ���CI�uA7��E B!����6�o�I��A�頛P�H �tՆ����Q�@�:��M�O�7Ɠt�iAwI���i7��M�����~��ti&�]�o�W�����t��+V�Pҽ�Ӻ� b��m�/ +��z�n�t�b�j��6u�m]'�m&Ρ� [�A��ޓh �T���A�j��^���[ X@º��i�~���å�ZVa׆�Ҵ{T�d}��ï5]6������~������P����t�}7�I����n���j����_��~������m�t���I��[�Wa�? @�'��ȫ;�0��P�ڬu � �$q�N��Q�0d�1����)Z ������+"���@�@ʘ`��Q�b�,��d�!%AK�hA�� `�T�. The Appropriation of Perrault's "Bluebeard" in Carter's "The Bloody Chamber" and "The Piano" Adaptations of Feminism in Arabian Nights, Almyna, and Blue-Beard Indeed, Carter is showing that the women in her tales do have autonomous desire. In fact, these are new stories, not re-tellings. Therefore, as Lucie Armit argues, it is critics like Duncker “who remains ensnared” in patriarchal narratives, through their inability to recognise the powerful transformation the female protagonist undergoes in this story. Within moments of beginning ‘The Bloody Chamber’, we are lured into its narrative and enticed by the profusion of lush, sumptuous, erotic prose that seduces and repels us all at once. The protagonist is eventually able to overcome sexual perversion and defeat death and her husband, who is the embodiment of death itself. This collection of bloody, erotic, feminist fairytales can be found a touchstone in many compilations of modern fairytales and feminist lit. The Bloody Chamber depends for its interpretation on stories that have shaped Western culture and identity. 18 0 obj ‘The Bloody Chamber’ is based on Charles Perrault’s fairy tale ‘Barbe Bleue’ (‘Bluebeard’, in English), the story of a French nobleman who murders his successive wives and keeps their bodies in a locked room within his castle. Carter preserves the legend's plot, casting the Marquis in the role of Bluebeard, who kills his wives and stores their corpses in a secret chamber. x�3�34R0 A#9������ ,�`fe ��= \�� � Subsequently, for many feminists who saw pornography purely as the eroticization of male power and female weakness, the stories in The Bloody Chamber, which are permeated by sexual violence, sexual gratification, erotic desire and sadism, were unsuccessful in achieving a feminist objective. The protagonist’s experiences in the castle continually transition between the sensual and the violent and the language is extremely perfumed and poignant. Indeed, they force the protagonist to reflect on her innocence and increasing desire as the story progresses. We are thus forced to question the depictions of gender, violence and sex in traditional tales and motifs. Jane Campion’s film The Piano (1993) also retells the Bluebeard story within the context of nineteenth-century New Zealand. We experience the protagonist’s transition from innocence and dependence to maturity and independence. She has a BA in English Literature, an MA in International Journalism and writes about travel, food, history, literature and current affairs among other topics. �hGP@�V0@ς�p�A�A��� �t�� �xA��>���L ����>��M|��Q����:j� �F0��d �i,��BL �i���a'�a=p�A��A�3���p�MJ((OL ��0�O� 3T&�0�MM50���� ��A�M5I4��O �΁��uJ�i: ��PL$������a0�J��� Indeed, “during the 1970s, Carter had been re-reading fairy tales and Sade in tandem and bleakly contemplating the fate of good, powerless girls, the Red Riding Hoods and the Sleeping Beauties of the world” (Sage ‘Angela Carter: The Fairy Tale’) . E.B.Manley argues that she is “a woman in process, someone who is exploring her subject position and beginning to tell her own story” and this desire for knowledge and truth is empowering. By contrast, Perrault’s female character “almost fainted with terror” and flings herself at her husband’s feet, “weeping and imploring him to forgive her for having disobeyed him”. 17 0 obj In her short story The Bloody Chamber (1979), Angela Carter takes the essence of the original tale, and reworks it so that its social contexts of patriarchal power dynamics become significant to modern day readers. It is a Novella – between a short story and a novel. Antipornography activists described pornography as a “cause of women? However, what Carter depicts in The Bloody Chamber and The Sadeian Woman is an alternative view of women’s sexuality as entirely unrelated from their reproductive and biological role. Nevertheless, the end of ‘The Bloody Chamber’ has caused some debate among critics. 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Others stated that she failed to make the old bottles explode in the spectacular way she had hoped and “gets locked into… conservative sexism despite her good intentions” (Makinen). endstream Her story also heavily draws on the eccentric life of the French aristocrat and sexual libertine, the Marquis De Sade. Each woman gives into her curiosity which is revealed by the blood stained key, yet while the previous wives are killed by Bluebeard and locked in the chamber, the cycle is broken when his current wife is rescued just in time and he is then killed. Never occupying a particular or specific feminist position and being continually influenced by contrasting ideas and notions relating to gender and sexuality, Carter was able “to critique phallocentrism with ironic gusto and to develop a wider and more complex representation of femininity” (Makinen). 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Lokke argues that by “acknowledging the glamour of sado-masochist self-annihilation as well as its ultimate brutality, ugliness and misogyny”, Carter maps before the reader how imperative it is that both female and male sexual desire is redefined on the grounds that the women is not the objective victim as she is often depicted in traditional tales, she should have control over her own sexual desires rather merely playing the sexual role a man has assigned to her. On the night before her wedding, at the performance of Tristan and Isolde, she catches herself in the mirror and sees herself through the eyes of her fiancé who watched her “with the assessing eye of a connoisseur” (Carter ‘The Bloody Chamber’), a gaze which suggests his carnal desire to consume and feed off her innocence. However, by the end of the story she is happy to give away the inherited money from her dead husband to various charities and runs a school for the blind at the castle. Alice Carter did not follow the stereotype of ignorant women. She has been allowed through her initiation in the chamber, to understand and survive the deadly peril that kind of marriage holds for her” (Renfroe). Moreover, although we are told that the woman in ‘The Bloody Chamber’ goes on to live with her mother and the blind piano player, she is not reliant on either of them and is not victimised by the male gaze due to his blindness. The red heart imprinted on the woman’s forehead due to the blood stained key causes her shame, but shame over what exactly is open to interpretation. While many feminists agreed that pornography “reflected a sort of distilled essence of the entrenched binaries of patriarchal gender relations, the conflict revolved around the extent to which pornographic representations could be appropriated” (Benson 37) to adequately critique it and suggest alternatives. Indeed, Carter is redefining the basic associations of women in fairy tales, innocence is inferior to knowledge, sexuality is empowering not degrading and the knight in shining armour may be a “indomitable mother” (Carter ‘The Bloody Chamber’) riding to the rescue or even the heroine herself in her conquering of individual fears or social convention. There’s a good reason for that. Carter’s marvellously gothic title story, ‘The Bloody Chamber’ is a feminist re-write based on Charles Perrault’s traditional fairy tale, ‘Bluebeard’. A��Dp� oppression”, (Sheets 637), and Sheets focuses on this in “The Bloody Chamber” as a means to decide which flag Carter is flying. At the end of ‘The Tiger’s Bride’, the tiger’s licking of the woman’s skin causes the woman who was “unaccustomed to nakedness” (Carter ‘The Tiger’s Bride’) to expose the female tiger that lies within her as an individual. It is the story of a young girl’s sexual initiation in courtship and marriage. 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