Typical to Carter's
style, in The Courtship
of Mr Lyon, there are
some females that
appear to be in
distress; but there are also,
males. In this case Mr Lyon.
Beauty's father is seen
to be in distress as his
car breaks down, and the
Beast to be in distress as
he lives alone.
This allows an interesting variation from Carter's
conformation to the gothic genre, as in this story she
chooses to actively portray the female as the dominant
Women threatened by tyrannical male
Again, the gender
roles have been
swapped in Carter's
version of Beauty
and the Beast.
He tells her, "It will be lonely
here without you", and
begging her to come back
and visit him.
Instead of Beauty
by the Beast, the
Beast appears to feel
threateed by her
"Since you left me, I have been sick. I
could not go hunting, I found I had not the
stomach to kill the gentle beasts, I could
not eat. I am sick and I must die; but I
shall die happy because you have come to
say goodbye to me."
Objectification of Women
Beauty's father uses Beauty as a
payment for his debt to the Beast for
taking the white rose.
Although she is treated very well with
luxury like the heroine in 'The Bloody
Chamber', she is seen as property.
“his girl-child, his pet”
Being an adolescent shows even more her
innocence and how she can be objectified by
men in the story.