How Does Carter Use Narrative Techniques and Literary Devices to Build Atmosphere and Tension in ‘the Company of Wolves’?

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How does Carter use narrative techniques and literary devices to build atmosphere and tension in ‘the company of wolves’? "The Company of Wolves" by Angela Carter is a moralistic fairytale that retells the story of "Little Red Riding Hood". It uses the wolves as a metaphor for men who would try to take a girl's virginity. The denouement of the story is the girl finally giving in to the pressure of the wolves, but she feels empowered and in control of her actions. The structure of the story firstly shows how a woman is a victim of the wolves, then shows how Red Riding Hood could be a victim of the wolves, and finally ends up with her in control and with the power in the relationship. This demonstrates the view that women should not accept the ways of men but should dictate how they behave themselves. During the first two parts of the story where women are victims, the wolves are described as "beasts", but in the final part of the story where the woman is in control, the wolf is described as "tender" as if the female being more dominant has tamed the wild "beast". The figurative language used in "The Company of Wolves" to describe the wolves or their incarnations as human men is often evil or menacing, "forest assassins" and "Carnivore incarnate," this is saying the wolf lives solely to eat meat and is particularly vicious. Other figurative language is used to describe Red Riding Hood succumbing and losing her innocence, "The thin muslin went flaring up the chimney like a magic bird." The muslin is a pure and natural material and its disappearing up the chimney could symbolize her abandoning her innocence. The subplots used in this story tell us the origin of the wolves and let the audience how the wolves came about. It also tells us the story of a man who became a wolf on his wedding night. This helps us to see the story from the perspectives of both the victims
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