How The Female Body Is Displayed In The Story, Where It

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how the female body is displayed in the story, where it becomes something that revolves around beauty, appearance and sexual satisfaction. The story implies that because women are supposed to be dependent and accepting, men have the power to decide their faith. In which case, the Erl-King is already in the process of “weaving for [her]” (Carter 90) a cage, where she is meant to stay “among the other singing birds” (90) as another one of his “accessories” and prized possessions. The cage acts as a way to not only oppress the female body, but to shape them into what he wants them to be. Furthermore, in relation to the Erl-King’s way of regulating female bodies by locking them in cages, Rubin explains how in “New Guinea highlands, women are…show more content…
She loses sight of who she really is and instead, sees herself the way others see her. While they are in the forest, she notices that when the Erl-King calls for the birds, “the birds come; and the sweetest singers he keep[s] in cages” (Carter 87). The Erl-King proves to be no different from the Marquis, where he objectifies them based on their female bodies and is only interested in their physical characteristics. As a result, due to his narrow views on women, he places a ring around each of their necks, commands them like they are his pets and puts the ones he deems most valuable and precious on display in locked cages. Another text that Carter uses to question and portray the issues with patriarchy and gender in is “The Snow Child.” In this story, the Count wishes for a female child. He imagines a girl who is “as white as snow,” “red as blood” and “black as that bird’s feather” (Carter 91) and as a result, a naked child with “white skin, red mouth [and] black hair” (92) appears. The girl highlights the idea of “females as raw materials and […] products” (Rubin 158) focused around appearance and the satisfaction of men. Her petite size and appearance as a vulnerable naked child in front of the Count parallels the dominance of men over women. The Count easily “[lifts] her up and [sits] her in front of him on his saddle” (Carter 92) and does as he pleases with her. The child is defenseless and does not fight back with the Count, but
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