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Transcript of Wolf Alice
and William Twat Wolf Alice Text Summary Wolf Alice is a human child, raised by wolves, and who behaves like a wolf in every way. At a young age she is taken from her wolf mother by peasants, who leave her in the care of nuns, who try to teach her to live in a civilized manner, but fail. She is subsequently sent to live with the local Duke, who conveniently happens to be a werewolf. The duke cannot see his own reflection, and is lonely and invincible. He eats humans (living or dead) during his lunar transformations. Wolf Alice lives without sense of time until her menstrual cycles begin, which force her to be aware of time, instead of living in the moment, like a wolf. She finds a wedding dress, and admires herself in it. She wanders into the village wearing it, where the townspeople are plotting to kill the duke. The duke approaches the village and upon attacking, flees with Wolf Alice, who appears to be the duke's dead wife seeking revenge on the duke as she chases him in her dress, and the people flee out of fear. The duke gets shot, and the story finishes with Alice licking his wound, and him seeing his own reflection. Opening Line The opening line is a strong introduction into a lot of the themes and the style the story follows.
-Loneliness is a common theme in the story, and is introduced here "she howls because she is lonely"
-The feminist writing style and female submission is introduced here, as the girl, as a female "cannot speak"
- A unique rule of three is used to add stylistic flow to the introductory line The Mirror Alice discovers HER reflection in a mirror and believes it to be SOMEONE ELSE. This emphasizes her LONELINESS, through the use of magic realism. Imperfection Both the Duke and Alice find themselves imperfect, both as a human and wolves. They are both stuck in this No mans Land in between Human and Wolves. This is why they are able to live together, they are both so lonely. Closing Line "Little by little, there appeared within it, like the image on photographic paper that emerges, first, a formless web of tracery, the prey caught in its own fishing net, then a firmer yet still shadowed outline until at last as vivid as real life itself, as if brought into being by her soft, moist, gentle tongue, finally, the face of the Duke.' "Could this ragged girl with brindled lugs have spoken like we do she would have called herself a wolf, but she cannot speak, although she howls because she is lonely-" "She bruised her muzzle on the cold glass and broke her claws trying to tussle with this stranger. She saw, with irritation, then amusement, how it mimicked every gesture of hers..." We'll use a comparison of two quotes -It proves how separated she is with the human world
-She does not know of something as common and recognizable as a mirror.
-Although there is the idea of uncertainty, Carter barely touches upon the idea of a mirror, and focuses on the idea of there actually being a person in the glass
-Not knowing what a mirror is seems very normal
-Foreboding of... Gothic Writing Style Further Relevance of The Mirror The Mirror Marks the Similarities and bond between The Werewolf Alice later, at the end of the story! When describing the appearance of the Duke's face at the end of the story in the mirror, Carter writes, "Little by little, there appeared within it ... the face of the Duke."
-The mirror marks transformation for both the Duke and Alice
-It marks Alice's transformation from Wolf to girl
-It marks the Duke's transformation from beast to man
-They both transform, they are both saved The ball dress symbolizes what Carter believes society believes to be every girl's desire, TO LOOK BEAUTIFUL. When describing the feelings of Alice, Carter writes, "In the mirror, she saw how this white dress made her shine."
-This marks the transformation of Alice into a human
-This also shows the feminism of Carter, as she is outlining the materialistic views of females, and the way that expectations of society force women to seek beauty in pretty clothing
-Alice becomes a woman Angela Carter's gothic writing style gives the story a gloomy and dark feel overall In describing the Duke's bed, Carter writes: "He sleeps in an antlered bed of dull black wrought iron..."
-The use of the description of small parts of the room, such as a bed, has a strong effect on the atmosphere of the entire scene
-"Dull" and "black", suggest dark and unhappy, gothic
-"Wrought iron" reflects gothic architecture, and a gothic writing style
-It also shows the importance of other pieces of the houses furniture... The build up of suspense in the final lines allow for a surprising and appropriate finish -Carter gradually lists the progress being made in the mirror facing the Duke
-this builds up suspense as to what will appear inside it
-she begins to describe it before she states what it is ("as vivid as real life itself")
-When she does state it, it comes as a surprise
-But it also links well to the beginning of the story, when the Duke was said to have no reflection
-The Duke now fully exists, thanks to Alice Thanks!