Analysis Of The Folk Tales By Angela Carter Essay

2070 Words Sep 9th, 2016 9 Pages
“For most of human history, 'literature, ' both fiction and poetry, has been narrated, not written — heard, not read. So fairy tales, folk tales, stories from the oral tradition, are all of them the most vital connection we have with the imaginations of the ordinary men and women whose labor created our world” (Angela Carter). I was introduced to the folk tales of Jack by a dominant figure in my childhood. My Grandmother Fowler epitomized the characterization of an ordinary Southern, hardworking, farm woman descended from Appalachian mountain folk who migrated down through Georgia into Alabama. She was short, thin, and brown from the sun even though she wore long sleeves outside, and always wore dresses as her religion dictated. Her hair was steel grey, and would have reached her waist if she hadn’t made the weekly trip to Ms. Rose Tully’s Beauty Parlor to have her hair washed and pulled up into a lacquered bun. Grandmother was a devout Baptist, reading her Bible nightly with a slight whisper as she mouthed the words from the King James. A widowed mother, who raised her own children with the rod and a sharp voice, but loved her grandchildren unconditionally and was prone to spoil them. She perceived no conflicts between her deeply held religious convictions and her cultural superstitions. While she believed in the love and sovereignty of God; she equally believed the killing of a frog would make the cow “go dry”. She prayed nightly, but would visibly recoil at an…

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