The Importance Of Violence In The Bride

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The greatest quality the bride possesses is that she is a virgin. Now this is often seen as a weakness, a stereotypical innocence and ease for corruption or an invitation for violence, due to bloodshed and potential for violence. But, in reality it should be viewed as a form of strength or a shield. Her virginity makes her attractive and desirable to men. But, this weakness transforms into her strength, after loosing her virginity and being released into womanhood, is on a quest to find out who her husband truly is, “Keys no longer intimidated me, for I was determined, now, to search through them all for evidence of my husband’s true nature.” (24 Carter) She once feared her husband enough to follow his every command but after the loss of her …show more content…
Marquise is an unreadable man, who rapes his wife and wishes to decapitate her. Marquise is his bride’s human master, he views her as an animal or slave. He is constantly waiting for her to make mistakes, so he can punish her. He is constantly rough with her from when they are intimate; their sex being inextricably linked with violence, to when they kiss; he kisses her hard and with teeth. Not only his treatment towards her demonstrating his thirst for violence, but his possession of violent pornography, the chamber in which he tortures his wives. The bride allows herself to be corrupted by her husband and allows him to steal her innocence. demonstrating an idea that women can take part in the sexual violence that oppresses them. But, sexual awakening often leads to manipulation and comes at some price of pain. Marquise wants nothing more from his bride other than sex and to murder her; seeing those two actions as part of a single action. Even though we witness Marquise manipulating and corrupting his bride through sex; after the bride realizes that she is next she tries to manipulate Marquise with sex, “I forced myself to be seductive […] If he had come to me in bed, I would have strangled him, then.” Showing the clear link these two have with sex and violence. Marquis’s purpose for marrying the heroine is sex and murder. The heroines purpose for marrying marquise …show more content…
The bride was a virgin before being raped by her husband, and after marrying him she is confined to his and only his sexual intimacy. The very fact that he rapes her her first time shows rape as violence causing physical harm, pain, and bloodshed. It also shows rape as a violation to one’s autonomy and integrity. Rape is a crime of power and control it is not sex, even when the perpetrator and the victim are married. Rape is oppressive because it make the victim feel as though they are forced to believe everything is fine, they feel helpless, as though they have no control over anything and that they not safe or secure at all. In The Bloody Chamber, the heroine removes herself from the situation while “consummating her marriage” because there is no passion, it is not a sexual deed as much as it is a pornographic un-doing of her purity. This demonstrates complicit to objectification and victimization their marriage was not even about love to begin with. She wanted security for herself, he wanted another victim… her ideal that once she got to know him better everything would be perfect was irrational as there was no romance or passion; all he wanted from her was ownership and domination. A common feeling for those who are victims of sexual assault is feeling cut off from everyone else, having no control, and wondering why they made a choice to not question who the perpetrator really

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