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female as agent of revenge

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Alberto Carolino

on 21 November 2013

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Female as agent of revenge Alberto and Stephanie 'To what extent does Angela Carter present the female as an agent of revenge in her collection of short stories in the Bloody Chamber?' Revenge in "The Bloody Chamber" story Quote for Predetermined death Quote for male agent of revenge Quote for woman as 'avenger' Quote for restoration in moral balance Within this story revenge is presented through the narrators mother and as a 'plot device' that leads to female empowerment. "I had played a game in which every move was governed by a destiny" "She raised my fathers gun, took aim and put a single irreproachable bullet through my husbands head" "The young husband of the dead bride spent a long time planning his revenge" "There appeared within it...the face of the Duke" What is the question asking? Whether revenge in the collection of stories is only possible through the female characters. How to approach the question An argument can be formed whereby the female characters are the agents for revenge and a counter argument whereby they are not (and male characters are. Through this viewpoint it can be seen that Carter conveys revenge as being predetermined from the start with the need for punishment towards the male oppression shown by Marquis' character. This quote aids in presenting the meta-narrative aspect of the story with the events presented as leading up to a climatic event. This quote is able to cast the narrators mother in the role of 'avenger' and this is able to depict the character as a device to which revenge is able to be produced. This is able to foreshadow the Marquis' eventual death and use of the word "destiny" is able to convey the murder as a righteous one. The fragmentation of each action in the quote is able to present the huntress characteristics of the mother and indicates the familiarity with weaponry. Contrasts in descriptive narrative "He raised the sword and cut bright segments from the air with it" The description of the mother is able to juxtapose the earlier dominant description of the Marquis. The fragmentation of each action in the quote is able to present the huntress characteristics of the mother and indicates the familiarity with weaponry. The Marquis within the quote is presented as an invincible character representational of men in society. The act of the mother killing the Marquis is able to effectively present women's empowerment within a patriarchal society. The writer is able to use the murder and the role of the mother as a matriarchal one to question the usefulness of men within the family unit. Wolf-Alice Within Wolf-Alice revenge is used in a similar fashion as a plot device in which female empowerment is obtained. Although, instead of this being as a result of a female avenger as in the last story, it is the male groom that peruses the re-balance of morality. The quote is able to present a counter argument to the question in which it is a male character that is portrayed as the agent of revenge. The quote casts love and death as interlinked themes and this use of 'opposites' is a traditional Gothic concept. The Rigid boundaries created in this quote cause a later liminal experience of love and death ro be portrayed by the count as he perishes. "Locked half and half in such strange states" Wolf-Alice is the concluding story in the collection and this can be seen as a comment by Carter with the above quote being the last line seen by the readers. The final line is able to present the eventual restoration of balance within society with the death of the bride resulting in the consequent death of the groom. Mirrors being used as a symbol for perception by society is a point that is also used in regards to Wolf Alice's character. The character is not named in the story until she views her reflection within the mirror. This is able to suggest that people within society are unable to gain a sense of identity until the person is aware of how society views them The use of the mirror by Carter within this final story can be seen as a symbol for society's perception of people.

The death of the count is able to present the character as finally being acknowledged by society with his reflection being cast in the mirror. This is able to present the character as gaining humanity through death. "Wolf-Alice looked at herself in the mirror" The effect of revenge in the stories? The uses of revenge within the stories and how they benefit the plot or presentation of characters
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