The Company Of Wolves Angela Carter Character Analysis

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In a patriarchal society, many women face the issue of an imbalance of power, especially whilst in a relationship. The characters in “The Company of Wolves” by Angela Carter and “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman handle this reality with distinct approaches. Both authors employ symbolism and character to depict the various ways women are affected by male oppression and their struggle for liberation. While Carter’s character manages to forget her fear and seduce her oppressor, the wolf, to save her life and gain some semblance of power, she is not truly free. On the other hand, Gilman’s character fails to free herself due to her emotional attachment, falling into insanity instead.
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Their characters are resolute in handling their situation, determined to free themselves. Unfortunately, they only ensnare themselves further. Gilman’s character is unable to say or write what she genuinely thinks of her husband, possibly out of a sense of love. However, she unintentionally reveals her genuine opinion when she describes the yellow wallpaper in her bedroom. Despite writing that her husband “loves [her] very dearly and hates to have [her] sick,” she states how she “get[s] positively angry with the impertinence of [the wallpaper] and the everlasting of it” (Gilman). She inadvertently reveals that while she wants to love her husband, she feels upset instead that he does not consider her opinion in the matter of her own health. As time passes, Gilman uses the wallpaper to illustrate her character’s gradual realization of her own entrapment. Her character describes how the outside pattern of the wallpaper “becomes bars” (Gilman). She later includes a woman who “is all the time trying to climb through” and how it “strangles” them (Gilman). Despite this subconscious realization, she refuses to admit that this is her husband’s fault even while she rips apart the wallpaper, claiming to her husband that “[she’s] got[ten] out at last” (Gilman). This inability prevents her from truly freeing herself from her situation. On the other hand, Carter’s character has already realized her captivity, and looked to free herself in different sense. Unlike Gilman, the symbolism that Carter uses is subtler and does not heavily impact the story’s plot. When Carter’s character, a young girl, realizes the danger of the man next to her, she correctly presumes from his mannerisms that “only immaculate flesh [would] appease him” (Carter). In this context, immaculate means untouched, which refers to her virginity. The girl then threw her “scarlet shawl, the color of poppies,

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