THE SNOW CHILD
Events and what happens:
- Count and his wife go riding
- The man wants a child
- The man wants an unspolied, pure and virginal character (connotations of lust, power, control, hierachy, ownership, sexual urges and desires)
- The man wants "a girl as white as snow" "a girl as red as blood" and "a girl as black as that bird's feather" - this implies that the Count wants a lot, and cannot choose just what he wants. A typical Gothic trope of greed and a high rate of desire
- The Countess starts to grow jealous of this mystical girl that has appeared after the Count has described his ideal girl. She tries to kill her in a variety of ways. Further tropes of the Gothic - jealously, power struggle and death
- The Countess then asks the girl to pick her a rose, the Count consents then the girl "pricks her finger on the thorn; bleeds; screams; falls." The girl has died and the Count then has sex with the dead body of his desired girl/daughter.
- The Countess then pricks herself on the same thorn that the girl did, but is not effected in the same way, "When she touched it, she dropped it"
- Power (struggles)
- Sexual desires
- Nature/The wild - Winter