Feminism In The Bloody Chamber

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The Bloody Chamber is a collection of short stories written in 1979 by Angela Carter during a time known as second wave feminism. Carter’s work was highly influenced by the genre of fairy tales, Carter has been quoted saying her stories in The Bloody Chamber are “stories about fairytales” in order to show what is wrong with them. Carte writes within and against fairy tales by this it is meant that she both conforms to some of the conventions of the genre and deliberately deviates from them purposely to illustrate her points.

Fairy tales are one of the many types of folklore that generally have some sort of fantastic element, usually featuring magic, imaginary creatures, and often a conflict between sides that are clearly good and evil. Within
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The Bloody Chamber brought to light some of the many problems faced by women living in societies with prominent patriarchal structures and used patriarchy in the fairy tale genre as a metaphor for the society of the time. Second Wave feminism brought about change for women regarding their political, economic and social power. The case of Roe vs. Wade played a pivotal role in relaxing the laws on abortion during the time and works such as Germaine Greer’s book “The Female Eunuch” began to drive Second aave activism. The 1970’s were a period of great change from women as it brought changes in Sex Laws, aided the emancipation of women and even got the first female British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher elected, remodelling the role of women in…show more content…
In most fairy tales there is a generally a happy unrealistic ending. In Carter’s novel The Bloody Chamber the endings end with the heroine having gone through a painful transformation and coming out the other side empowered and liberated from their oppression. However it is important to understand that these problems faced by heroine are not solved by magic like traditional fairy tales even though there are elements of the fantastic present. However the elements of fairy tales Carter has conformed to is the hardships faced by the heroine. Poverty was a clear hardship face by the heroine in The Bloody Chamber and at the end of the story she overcame her oppression but still chose a life without the riches deviating from the norms of a fairy
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