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Angela Carter | Little Red Riding Hood

Angela Carter is a renowned feminist writer, whose works though represent the specific, feminist vision of the world. The writer attempts to re-evaluate many fundamental concepts and to reveal male stereotypes, which Angela Carter attempts to debunk. In this respect, it is possible to refer to the re-interpretation of the Little Red Riding Hood, which reveals the feministic point of view on the classical story. At this point, it is worth mentioning the fact that Angela Carter depicts the main female characters as victims of the male-dominated society, whereas males are depicted as rude and violent brutes.

In actuality, Angela Carter stresses the violent inclinations of men. For instance, she depicts the hunter as a violent person, who is ready to murder and slaughter animals. For instance, she describes the slaughter of the wolf by the hunter: “The hunter jumped down after him, slit his throat, cut off all his paws for a trophy” (Carter, 112).

At the same time, Angela Carter stresses the strife of males to domination, which she reveals through the relationships between the hunter and the wolves, whom the hunter slaughters to show his strength, power and leadership: “And then no wolf at all lay in front of the hunter but the bloody trunk of a man, headless, footless, dying, dead (Carter, 116).

The depiction of women is quite different, for Angela Carter shows women as victims of males. For instance, she describes the life of “a young woman in our village married a man who vanished clean away on her wedding night” (Carter, 145). The girl mourned on his disappeared husband but she has to live the life other women do in the male-dominated society, “so the sensible girl dried her eyes and found herself another husband not too shy to piss into a pot who spent the nights indoors. She gave him a pair of bonny babies and all went right as a trivet until, one freezing night, the night of the solstice, the hinge of the year when things do not fit together as well as they should, the longest night, her first good man came home again” (Carter, 182).

However, the life of the female character changes dramatically as her disappeared man returns: “A great thump on the door announced him as she was stirring the soup for the father of her children and she knew him the moment she lifted the latch to him although it was years since she’d worn black for him and now he was in rags and his hair hung down his back and never saw a comb, alive with lice” (Carter, 192). In such a way, the author reveals rudeness of men, whereas women are limited in their actions and preferences: “She stands and moves within the invisible pentacle of her own virginity. She is an unbroken egg; she is a sealed vessel; she has inside her a magic space the entrance to which is shut tight with a plug of membrane; she is a closed system; she does not know how to shiver. She has her knife and she is afraid of nothing” (Carter, 195).

Thus, Angela Carter depicts the oppressed position of women, who have to live in the male-dominated society, whereas men establish their rules and norms, which women have to obey.

Works Cited:

Angela Carter. “The Company of Wolves”. In The Bloody Chamber. Retrieved on July 10, 2011 from
http://www.angelfire.com/crazy4/lesadoreyl/carter_bloody_chamber.html#the_company_of_wolves
Charles Perrault. “Little Red Riding Hood.” Retrieved on July 10, 2011 from http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0333.html