A Feminist Critique Of Bluebeard

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Tom Cox September 20, 2015 ENGL 2370 A Feminist Critique of Bluebeard In 1979, Angela Carter wrote “The Bloody Chamber,” a retelling of Charles Perrault’s famous children’s fairytale, “Bluebeard.” Like “Bluebeard,” Carter tells the story of a wealthy aristocrat with a sadistic compulsion to murder his wives. In the tale, the Marquis entices the female protagonist into entering a forbidden room. In doing so, the Marquis sentences the female protagonist to death for her apparent disobedience. However, the female protagonist escapes a certain death when she is rescued by her mother. Now, although “The Bloody Chamber” parallels “Bluebeard” in plot, they are fundamentally different from each other. Charles Perrault’s “Bluebeard” is a tale that critically highlights female ignorance, and warns against the danger of female curiosity. Above all though, Perrault attempts to highlight these female flaws to be both inherent and unchangeable. However, using the same fundamental plot, Angela Carter rather writes about the oppressive realities of the institution of marriage. More specifically, Carter highlights the female narrator’s ignorant and romanticized notion of marriage, and its ability to manipulate her into an oppressive marriage. In doing so, Angela Carter directly refutes Charles Perrault’s notion that females are inherently flawed. Carter rather suggests that society’s distorted and ignorant perception of marriage facilitates female oppression. Therefore, Carter roots
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