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The Bloody Chamber
Bl ue beard
­ i
n st
ruct
ing chi
ldren
to be
w ary
of
b ei
ng overcuri
ous
C art
er parodi
es l
inguist
ic
styl
e
of
eroti
c l
it
o `tender,
deli
ci
o us
ecs t
asy'
o `burni
n g
che ek'
o `poun di
ng'
o `great
pist
ons cease l
essly
thrust
ing'
­ cl
i
ché d
me chanical
phall
i
c
ima gery
s t
1 "epi
s ode"
= j
ou r
ney me taphor
for
the
e moti
on al
and physi
cal
jour
n ey
t
h e narrat
or i
s experi
encing `
aw ay
from gi
rl
h ood'
i
n t
o t
he `unguessable
co u nt
ry of
ma r
ri
a ge'
`
F i
re opal'
wed di
ng ri
ng
o s ymbol
o f
marri
age
o fema l
e
li
fe
rol
e s
as mo t
he r
/wif
e/daugh t
er
o p r
ice
a gr
ee d
be t
w een t
he mo t
he r
and husband
o o wnership
of
ma rri
ag e
o e nd
o f
chi
ldhood
Ma rquis'
s i
den t
it
y i
s never
full
y r
evea l
ed
he
has a `
perf
ec t
l
y smo ot
h ma sk'
Ma rquis
is
a `
sen t
ient
vegetable'
­ cul
tur
e d
ma nners,
calm detachmen t
an d
co mpo sur
e product
o f
i
nhuma n nature
`
...b loody bandage of
rubies'
­
b ound i
n a
hist
o r
y of
cruel
ty
a nd
death
Po si
ti
o n
an d
w eal
th corr
upti
o n
19 7 0s ­
drive
for
equa l
i
ty
Ma rquis
is
a repr
e sent
a t
ive
o f
t
he past/
pa t
ri
archy
`
.... f
orma l
di
srobing
o f
t
he
bri
d e,
a
rit
ual
fr
o m t
h e
brothel
'
­ ma r
ri
ag e
l
in k ed
w i
th pr
osti
tuti
on
Se nse of
unea se
as she admits
she '
s `
sti
rr
ing'
wh i
l
st aware
that
she wa s
a `
b argai
n'
`
R e pr
oo f
of
Cu r
iousi
ty'
­ mo r
al
of Bl
ue bear
d
`
...p rayerbooks'
­ hi
s r
e l
i
g i
on
Ma rquis'
s f
ascinati
on wit
h
sex and death
ma de cl
ea r
by
h i
s i
nsi
stence on
he r we ar
ing t
he `
ch oker
of
rubies'
`
...imp aled'
­ al
lusi
on
to
va mpiri
sm, vi
olent
Pg 811
`fost
er
mo ther'
­
tr
ad i
ti
onal
w i
cked st
ep mo ther
`tr
emb l
ing'
­ honeymo on cl
ichés
`he cl
osed my
legs
li
ke a book'
­
voye ur
ism,
b r
ide
equated wi
th
his
col
lect
ion
of
p or
no gr
ap hi
c `
prayerbooks'
,
no t
hing
mo re
than
an obj
ect
`stai
n'
­ l
inks
him t
o
the l
i
li
es ­ SEX AN D DEA TH.
`one si
ded
str
ugg l
e'
­ a
p assi
ve vi
cti
m of
his desi
re
`shri
ek and bl
asphe me'
­ savage,
un hol
y,
ma d
C hri
sti
an vi
ew
= ma rr
iage
is
a
union
san ct
if
ied
by di
vine
w i
l
l sex
is
worshi
p and i
s t
herefore
sacred
Ma rri
age = t
erminati
on of
a woma n'
s fr
eed om of
act
ion,
end of
i
ndepen dence,
l
o ss
of
pe r
sona l
i
denti
ty
Ma rri
age i
s a
d i
rect
/i
nd i
rect
cause of
wome n's
death

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­ 19 Century
social
is
t vi
ew
t
h at
ma r
ri
a ge
w as
li
tt
le
mo re
than a
`f
o r
m o f
l
icensed pr
o st
it
uti
on'
`
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The t
w i
sti
ng of
her
hair
o Her nakedness
Mother
ki
ll
s wi
thout
hesit
ati
on,
it
i
s necessar
y ­
mo r
a l
l
y super
ior
`
ashame d'
­
possibl
y ashamed of
t
h e
fact
she
w asn'
t
an
e nt
ir
ely
w i
l
li
ng
vi
cti
m,
found her
self
`
sti
rr
ing'
whil
st
repul
sed.…read more

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