Angela Carter Character Analysis

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Fairy tales are written in a way that showcases the feelings and thoughts of the characters without the explanation or analysis from an outside perspective. This characteristic of fairy tales mystifies the emotions of the characters, but presents them in a more realistic way, even if the stories and situations themselves are fictional, because they are organic and straight from the mind or mouth of the characters. Readers can identify with fairy tale characters because of the way that authors utilize these raw emotions of the characters and how they demonstrate these emotions through the character’s actions.
A fear, by definition, is anything that a person is afraid of, and is open to the discretion of the person. Each individual can have many
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Fairy tales simply tell the story of the character in the most honest and vulnerable way possible. For example, in Angela Carter’s 1979 version, “The Bloody Chamber,” she highlights the protagonist’s fear of the impending sexual encounter she was about to have with her husband. She says, “With trembling fingers, I fastened the thing about my neck. It was cold as ice and chilled me” (Carter 17). For the reader, this simple sentence says so much about the character while saying so little. The protagonist is still a child who is not ready to lose her innocence. She is beginning to see the evil in the man she is married to, and the reader starts to feel pity for this young woman. By seeing this raw emotion in the character, the reader is able to understand so much about her and begin to connect with her through empathy and compassion. Since this is a more mature story, it is feasible that many readers would have also experienced a loss of innocence and felt fear as well. This connection gives the reader a deeper understanding of the character and a strengthening bond between the two. Fairy tales do not try to validate fear or explain it; by nature, they simply tell the story of the character. This manner of writing, without justification or explanation, is what truly allows the reader to …show more content…
There are many examples of characters giving into temptation, a universal weakness, in the Blue Beard adaptations. In fact, this flaw is the driving force of the conflict in these stories. In Charles Perrault’s 1697 version, “Blue Beard,” the author gives insight into the contemplation the woman has before eventually giving into temptation. He writes, “Being come to the closet door, she made a stop for some time, thinking upon her husband’s orders, and considering what unhappiness might attend her if she was disobedient; but the temptation was so strong she could not overcome it” (Perrault 22). By showing this internal reflection before opening the door, the reader is able to see that, while still naive, it is not stupidity that drives this woman’s mistakes, rather the innate and unavoidable pull of temptation that is universally a human bane. The reader could gain a deeper understanding of the character through this style of writing because it allows them to put themselves in the character’s shoes and think what they would do in that situation, which would most likely be the same as what the woman did. By doing this, the bizarre situation can be assimilated to real life situations in which the reader would be tempted in a similar, and that affinity regrounds the fairy tale in the real world.

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