The Bloody Chamber Literature Analysis

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This essay will discuss the ways in which Angela Carter employs fashion as a thematic device that deconstructs rigid perceptions of gender roles in the short stories ‘The Bloody Chamber’ and ‘The Tiger’s Bride’ with regard to Entwistle’s statement. Halpin writes, “The women of The Bloody Chamber are not simple or idealized feminist restorations. Instead, each is crafted from a dark and intricate human framework (the same from which Carter creates her male characters) that allows them to transcend conventional gender roles. Across the collection, both female and male characters have been depicted as cruel or kind, passive or possessive, victimized or villainous.” (2015:1). Before embarking on an analysis it should be noted that there is a difference between the concepts of sex and gender. While sex refers to the biological and physical difference that had been determined by science, gender refers to a psychological concept that has been constructed by society. It is highly subjective. Female gender identity in the Gothic society was typically associated with an overbearing patriarchal figure. Females were often objectified and depicted as vulnerable in society. Whereas their male counterparts are often thought of as villainous, oppressive and violent. Gothic literature was often associated with a “predator” and “victim” ideology. The concept of a female “predator” would definitely have been unorthodox and disturbing to a reader of the late 18th, early 19th century. Carter

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