The Erl-King

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    • the worst tales
      • Lady in the House of Love
        • the Lady
          • " the beautiful somnambulist helplessly perpetuates her ancestral crimes"
            • trapped by her inheritance, both victim and agressor
          • le femme fatal
          • she herself is a cave full of echoes, she is a series of repetitions, she is a closed circuit"
          • "mistress of all this disintegration notices nothing"
          • "she is so beautiful she is unnatural; her beauty is an abnormality, a deformity"
            • "her beauty is a symptom of her disorder, of her soulessness"
              • Carter presents beauty as an ilness
              • semantic field of ilness and disease
          • "she is the last bud of the poison tree that sprang from the loins of Vlad the Impaler"
          • "her claws had been sharpened on centuries of corpses"
          • "she is the hereditary commandant of the army of shadows"
          • "in her dream she would like to be human"
            • humanity is desired.
        • the boy
        • themes
          • the lark.
            • represents her and her entrappment
            • "remains a sullen mound of drab feathers"
          • "inevitable tarot"
            • "wisdom, death, dissolution"
            • to lull the audience into a sence of security
        • setting
          • "now you are at the place of annihilation"
          • "at the rooms four corners are funeral urns"
          • "now she possesses all the haunted forests and mysterious habitations of his vast domain
    • the character of the girl
    • Coming of age tale
      • "Light clarifying" transformation- link to the seasons
        • the woods is used in Literature to show coming of age
          • her being transformed is either a loss of self or desirable; "i always go to the Erl king" suggests a need and want for him
            • Coming of age tale
              • "Light clarifying" transformation- link to the seasons
                • the woods is used in Literature to show coming of age
                  • her being transformed is either a loss of self or desirable; "i always go to the Erl king" suggests a need and want for him

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