In the Bloody Chamber Angela Carter Reverses Gothic Traditions so That the Males Become Victims Instead of Females. Consider 2 Texts.

747 Words3 Pages
This reversal of gender stereotypes and gothic conventions is used often in Carter’s work. In the Bloody chamber, it seems that although she has adapted gothic conventions into a modern way, presenting females as the more powerful characters than men, she also retains some of these typical roles in some of her stories. The lady of the house of love would be an immediate example of how Carter creates a role reversal that differs from the typically valued places in gender. Carter creates the role of the ‘Femme Fatal’, with this dangerous woman that lives in the castle. This representation of the woman as powerful differs from the original expectation in a gothic novel, as the woman would usually be portrayed as weak, and in need of saving. Despite this, it is seemingly the man who is the victim here, as he enters the house. She claims she will be ‘very gentle’ while killing the man, so this is the indication that he is the one in trouble. By creating this role reversal, Carter projects the possibility of a powerful female, or even a female villain within Gothic novel. Now some could say that she is in need of being saved from her vampire personality, but in a physical sense of things she is completely self-sufficient. Carter is trying to show that the conventions and stereotypes in Gothic literature are simply results of following a traditional form, and should not bare any oddity in logical terms. She is preventing this role reversal as a completely normal and possible thing, and she succeeds in doing so. Despite this viewpoint that the reader sees, the man does not necessarily feel as if he is the victim. he is impervious to the mysticism of the house and furthermore the woman. This is exemplified in ‘he cannot feel terror’. The reasoning for this is because the man posseses pure rationality, and therefore does not succumb to these fears. Carter may be trying to

More about In the Bloody Chamber Angela Carter Reverses Gothic Traditions so That the Males Become Victims Instead of Females. Consider 2 Texts.

Open Document