The Bloody Chamber- Context and Themes

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  • Fairy Tales Retold- Carter interweaves existing stories with her new ones, inviting the reader to question the purpose of these tales and assumptions about social and individual behaviour
  • Gender and power- Carter explores issues of class and power in older and current societies, with particular emphasis on female sexuality and independence. 
  • Gothic- features inlcude the supernatural, extreme emotions and sensations and typically medieval castles and woods hiding horror and fear.
  • Marxism- Carter is interested in social change and individual empowerment, her tales explore class, politics, social conventions and morality. Carter questions society's values from a feminist and socialist perspective. issues of gender dominate the tales. Recognises the changes…


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