Themes in The Snow Child

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  • The Snow Child
    • Sexuality and Violence
      • The bloody hole left in the snow after the girl has died is a literal 'Bloody Chamber'
      • "It bites"
      • 'Thrust his virile member into the dead girl"
      • 'Bleeds; screams; falls'
        • Did she bleed because of the thorn, or is it a symbolism for the loss of her innocence and virginity?
    • Virginity
      • Virginity is the object of the Count's desire
      • The rose symbolises the girl's purity
      • "The child of his desire"
      • 'Bleeds; screams; falls'
        • Did she bleed because of the thorn, or is it a symbolism for the loss of her innocence and virginity?
      • 'Midwinter - invincible, immaculate.'
        • The setting symbolises the Snow Child's original purity, represented by the 'immaculate' snow.
    • Metamorhpisis
      • 'As soon as he completed her description, there she stood'
      • 'The girl began to melt'
      • 'The boots LEAPT off the Countess's feet and onto the girl'ls legs'
    • Power and Objectification
      • In a weird way, objectification gives the girl some power, because she takes precedence over the Countess.  The Countess is jealous of the girl but does not understand she has been objectified
      • The girl is never given a voice in the story because her purpose is to be the sole object of desire and sexual violence
      • The rose symbolises the suffering involved in the objectification of women
      • After the girl dies, there are only objects left
      • 'Weeping, the Count got off his horse'
        • Symbolic of his loss of power
          • 'The Countess reined in her stamping mare and watched him narrowly.'  Suggests that she now has the power.  She is the one watching the Count from above, or it shows that women were in power all along
    • Necrophilia and incenst
      • 'Thrust his virile member into the dead girl

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