The writings of Angela Carter are those like none other, in the way of style, themes, symbols and motifs. The stories written by Carter are not those of cheerfulness and happy endings, they are different in a most spectacular way. Carter's fairy tales are a frightening look at the true reality or what fairy tales really are. Angela Carter has written many of these tales in a much more deep and complex manner. Each tale of hers has its own style, themes symbols and motifs yet she does show some similarities in each of her works.
From Angela Carter, "The Tiger's Bride," in The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories (New York: Penguin, 1993) came a tale like no other. "The Tiger's Bride" was a version of "Beauty and the Beast" that has very few similarities. "The Tiger's Bride" is the story of a young girl named Belle who's father lost her to a beast in a hand of cards. The beast was very well disguised, not one hair or limb on his body was visible to the human eye yet people knew that there was not a human under all of those clothes and the strong odor of his cologne. Belles father is lost in his habit or gambling and has lost sight of his priorities and lost the only thing he had left in the world. He didn't know what was to become of his daughter who could become a slave in many ways. And as he left her, she left him and she also had nothing to live for. As in many of Carter's stories nakedness is a continuous symbol of many different things. The beast in "The Tigers Bride" asks to see Belle naked, for what reason? That is for the reader to decide. These certain motifs are the things that make Angela Carter's stories what they are. Belle is offered the choice to either to strip of her clothing for the beast to do what he pleases with her and be set free afterward, or not to and stay there in his broken down castle until the end of her days. This is a very difficult choice for Belle for she is the purest of women, and has much difficulty in doing...
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