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The Tiger's Bride
Transcript of The Tiger's Bride
Vanessa Davis and Hannah Lee
'The Tiger's Bride'
Links to the gothic genre
"I have lost my pearl, my pearl beyond price"
"If you are so careless of your treasures, you should expect them to be taken away from you"
"She is a marvellous machine, the most delicately balanced system of cords and pulleys in the world."
"We surround ourselves... with simulacra and find it no less convenient than do most gentlemen."
What do these quotes show about the treatment of women in the story?
Carter's use of language in these quotes explicitly highlight the objectification of women.
The words "pearl" and "treasures" suggest that "the girl" is a prize to be won and owned rather than a human being.
The appearance of the automaton and the valet's subsequent explanation displays not only the idea that women are only dolls for men's convenience, it also shows that the female protagonist is too independent in the world of men.
Whilst Carter makes the objectification of women a clear theme in '
The Tiger's Bride
', it is notable that the female protagonist constructed by Carter is a strong character who refuses to give into the male objectification of women.
The simple statement "The lamb must learn to run with the tigers" demonstrates that male dominance can be overcome.
Therefore, Carter's use of language not only displays the objectification of women, it also displays the freedom that women can achieve from patriarchy.
In terms of the whole structure of the novel, 'The Tiger's Bride' follows immediately after 'The Courtship of Mr Lyon'
Why do you think this is? Discuss Carter's potential reasons for her juxtaposition of the two stories.
Within the story, Carter follows a typical storyline structure: beginning, middle, climax, resolution.
How does Carter's resolution differ from most fairytales?
Carter incorporates several elements of the gothic into 'The Tiger's Bride'; a sense of mystery and dread, fear, even a sense of the sublime?
Mystery and dread: The Beast maintains an air of mystery around the protagonist; he wears a mask, covers his hands/paws with gloves and surrounds himself with a thick scent, similar to the Marquis in 'The Bloody Chamber'
In addition, the protagonist maintains an air of mystery around the Beast as she refuses to reveal her naked self to the Beast several times in the story and only changes her mind when the Beast reveals his 'naked' self.
'The Tiger's Bride' is told from a first person narrative, the narrative of "the girl", therefore, we see the chain of events within the story from her eyes.
Would Carter's ultimate message within 'The Tiger's Bride' be understood if the narrative was told in the third person?
Second wave feminism
Took place during 1960's-1970's (Carter wrote 'The Bloody Chamber' in 1979)
Was influenced by the Civil Rights Movement which aimed to achieve equal rights for black people (Second Wave Feminism therefore aimed to achieve equal rights for women and to overcome patriarchy in society)
The Tiger's Bride is arguably influenced by this; the female protagonist achieves freedom over patriarchy through being her true self.