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Critical Analysis of the Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

The story of Bloody Chambers is a traditional fairy tale that highlights the experience of the traditional lifestyle of a normal family set up. This fiction story written by Angela Carter to reflect the family arrangements that exist in the traditional typical society. Mostly, the author challenges the way women are represented in the fairy tales by fixing the role of the heroine. This paper is a critical analysis of the Bloody Chambers as written by Angela Carter.

The Bloody chamber story has starred in the media as one of the important stories that features Marquis, who have been cast in the role of Bluebeard for killing his former wives’. He stores their corpses in a secret chamber because he doesn’t need them to be viewed by anyone. Poe’s theory of unity in terms of impression is portrayed such that Marquis Palace is stormed by the heroine’s mother and he gets a high shock. The woman wants to bring unification in the Marquis house through pouring blood to stop him from killing women once they know his secret. However, this represents the tableaux of Bluebeard that is seen in glass cases at fairs. Carter makes it clear that Marquis is not Bluebeard in a more clear way that distinct the story of the legend of Bluebeard, thus bringing the story from fantasy to reality (Carter, 1990, p. 54). Postmodernist techniques of magic realism are used in the story, especially where unreal elements are portrayed as a natural part of the story.

This story takes after the Modernist strategies of continuous flow in light of the fact that; it delineates countless contemplation and emotions that go through the brain. It is quite evident that Carter feels no love for Marquis but she is sure that she wants to marry him for he is a wealthy man. According to Carter, she will get married on the ground that she is a peasant woman and marrying the Marquis is a great opportunity for her. The romantic opera Tristan made her feel as though she was in love with Marquis and for that reason; her heart ached leaving her with mixed feelings of love.

There is use of mimetic style in this narrative where Cater wants to be like Marquis, who is very wealthy by marrying him. Diagetic aspects of a narrative are evident as well where the actions of Marquis are expressed for all readers to see. Carter talks about how her husband poses love of destruction to her and acts as a beast by taking advantage of her. He ensures that the lady is put under a forced isolation not marriage. There is use of free indirect speech where Marquis describes Carters as a horseflesh that has been exited by his condescension. This has opened her in realizing her potential of corruption that is linked with sexuality and high desire for it (Carter & Munford, 2011, p. 110). Once Carter is driven from girlhood to motherhood, she becomes so excited by her actions, thus portraying the Raymond Carvers of excitement. By reading this, the reader is then brought into the sense of secrecy as portrayed in the spying habits of the characters. There dilemma is also portrayed in the story at the point where she realizes that she is complicit in her own subjugation through her view of the castle as a strange place where reality is highly suspended and strange things happen.

The key feature of the Bloody Chamber is its narrator who is an impartial third person and a heroine herself. Cater challenged all the fairy tale of our seeing outside of the events that befalls the innocent girl in the story. Letting the heroines, empowers the figure of a woman by putting her in the sight of a traditionally male dominated roles of a person who survived danger. The suffering of the heroine in the story became the source of her enlightenment as this cut off her naivety (Shaw, 1983, p. 55).

The function of the story is to inform the reader on the gender roles and challenges in the society. The story shows how the passage from girlhood to motherhood is a challenging stage that needs to be given strong consideration. The author uses the story to reflect on the variety of portraits of desire and sexuality from the heterosexual point of view (Carter, 2015, p. 66). The relevant aspects of this story include the horrific or corruption aspects of marriage and sex as portrayed by the author. In addition, the author demonstrates that the human nature is indeed changeable and is not immutable as others may view it.

In conclusion, this story takes after the Modernist strategies of continuous flow in light of the fact that; it delineates countless contemplations and emotions that go through the brain. It is quite evident that Carter feels no love for Marquis but she is sure that she wants to marry him for he is a wealthy man. There is use of mimetic style in this narrative where Cater wants to be like Marquis, who is very wealthy by marrying him. The woman wants to bring unification in the Marquis house through pouring blood to stop him from killing women once they know his secret. However, this represents the tableaux of Bluebeard that is seen in glass cases at fairs. There is use of free indirect speech where Marquis describes Carters as a horseflesh that has been exited by his condescension. The story shows how the passage from girlhood to motherhood is a challenging stage that needs to be given strong consideration.

 

References

Carter, A. 1990. The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories. Penguin Books

Carter, A. 2015. The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories: 75th-Anniversary Edition (Penguin Classics Deluxe). Penguin Classics; Anv edition

Carter, A., & Munford, J. 2011. The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories (Penguin Ink). Penguin Books; Reprint edition

Shaw, V. 1983. The Short Story: A Critical Introduction. London: Longman

 

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