Angela Carter Essay 1

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By Referring to tales from the collection, illustrate the ways in which Carter succeeds in subverting the gender stereotypes that appear in her tales.

Carter successfully spins typical gender stereotypes on their head in her collection of short tales. In each tale there is a shift between pretador and prey, heroin and damsille in distress. These subversions send a strong message out to the readers and also are the key tool for why Carters tales are so gripping, using familiar fairytales and then introducing these subversions makes one feel as if one is reading completely new stories. Angela Carter's "The Bloody Chamber" and "The Tiger's Bride" are both explorations of masks and stereotypes in society. They explore the many masks people can wear, the difficulty of seeing the truth behind masks, and why living behind a mask is not truly living.

Carter subverts the generic gender roles through her feminist re-telling of the Bluebeard myth: she substitutes the mother for the brothers of the bride as the rescuer. This switch calls to attention the stereotypes of the traditional fairy tale’s male-as-saviour and female-as-victim roles. A woman is the hero this time instead of a white knight. And instead of relying on the evil mother/stepmother motif common to fairy tales, the bride’s mother wants only what is best for her daughter. In addition, Carter adds the unusual character of Jean-Ives, a man who comforts and empathizes with the female protagonist, but does not save her

Carter suggests that gender is not important in determining the relationship but the life experiences each partner has.The character of the young heroine challenges the stereotypical belief that woman always occupy the submissive role in a relationship and that the man is there to act as the woman’s protector. It is almost natural that the most experienced partner, who is generally the most confident, takes the lead in the relationship and protects the more innocent one. It is without...
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