"the Oppressive Power of Patriarchy in Angela Carter's Novels"

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We can read Angela Carter as both entertaining and a critique of constructions and presentations of power, gender, sexuality and construction of gendered identities. First we will consider the oppressive and destructive power of patriarchy which is the social system in which men are regarded as the authority within the family and society. Afterwards in the next chapter we will investigate how Carter's heroines succeed in constructing their femininity and their gendered identities. Let us look at a typical piece of Carter' s writing The Magic Toyshop and its specific focus on critiquing the oppressive power of patriarchy that is represented through the oppressive character of Uncle Phillip. The novel narrates…show more content…
Lorna sage asserts: "Uncle Philip has made images of them as toy monkeys, they are in his power, and ......Melanie joins them in this house." 2 Carter tries to tell readers through The Magic Toyshop how Uncle Philip's power 1could turn Melanie into a victim and this exposes a kind of bullying male power. In her penultimate novel Nights at the Circus, Carter mocks and explodes the constructive cultural stereotypes of femininity and masculinity. The novel is divided into three sections: London, St.Perersburg and Siberia and Carter conducts it like a circus. The embodiement of the patriarchal power is in the characters of Walser, Christian Rosencreutz, Grand Duke. For example, early in the novel, in London Carter displays Walser's continous attempts to fix Fevvers to paper or to disclose her as a hoax to secure immortality of profession acknowledgement. The journalist Walser who represent the power of patriarchy comes to interview Fevvrers. He is more ambitious about dismantling and distroying the identity that is presented to him than trying to understand it. This is a condition of his journalistic ambition but it also an act of misogyny to aliegn Fevvers to his own image of what a women should be. He intents on fixing and writing Fevvers's identity in a manner that suits his

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