Angela Carter Magical Realism Analysis

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Andrew Pham Professor Natsumi Ikoma Realism 24 February 2016 An Analysis of Angela Carter’s Use of Magical Realis, Born in 1940 in Sussex, Angela Carter has received critical acclaim for her literary work. Known for both her novels and short stories, her work draws influences from her personal life and themes of magical realism. In Carter’s Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces she compiles a collection of short stories in which she pinpoints symbolism of cities and streets, weaves allegories around erotic landscapes, and combines themes of magical realism with her own life. Inspired from her time living in japan between 1969 and 1971 as well as her divorce, Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces contains nine different stories dealing with: social taboos,…show more content…
The story is told from the perspective of the women detailing her life in Japan with her Japanese lover, Taro. She goes into detail about the contrasting cultural beliefs shared between herself and taro, as well as their native countries. The differences between the protagonists and her lover Taro mirror the differences shared between their native lands, and this realization dawns on the protagonists at the start of the story. It becomes apparent to both the protagonist and readers that the relationship between the two is not made to last because of these differences and a lack of real love. The lack of real love is reiterated in multiple ways as the story progresses. However, the protagonist continues to attempt to enforce the idea that she is in love with Taro. As a result, the relationship comes to its end once the protagonist truly comes to terms with her loveless relationship, upon which she realizes the relationship cannot…show more content…
They sense it through apparent contrasting cultural values. For example, the protagonist disagrees with the status quo of women in Japanese society being lower to men in comparison to the ideas from her Western society. Though forms of prejudice, similar to the notion of a “glass ceiling”, which puts women at a disadvantage in the professional world, forms of prejudice remain highly visible in the Japanese society the story is set in. Within the story, the Japanese paragon of a wife is explained by the protagonist. A Japanese wife is referred to as, okusan – one who remains in her “inner” room as not to trouble the husband. This protagonist comes face to face with this idea every night that Taro remains out. Since she is expected to not oppose this idea, she does not. The idea of a woman’s role in Japan becomes more compelling, causing her to feel further rejection from Japanese society. Rejection from Japanese society is not only at the cultural level, but physically too. The protagonist even states that she is “like a female impersonator in Japan” (carter 301). She begins to perceive herself not by the values of her native country, but instead by her environment. This perception results due to her constant interaction with her environment. She is faced with the idea of a woman’s role in society, as her own roles becomes defined as Taro continues to out at

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