22.214.171.124.1 "Fresh snow fell on snow already fallen;"
2 Gothic elements
2.1.1 MIDWINTER - INVINCIBLE,
2.2 Shocking content
2.2.1 Subversion of family
126.96.36.199 Carter adapted "The Snow Child" from a Grimm Brother's
version of the story, in which the father and not the
mother wishes for the child. Carter uses this fact to her
advantage, in order to portray masculine control of female
2.3 The aristocracy taking
advantage of the
2.3.1 Cristina Bacchilega calls the Snow Child "a
masculine fantasy", a frozen image without a
real life of her own.
188.8.131.52 This idea connects to the snow child's purpose being
to fulfill the Count's sexual desire as after he finishes
having intercourse with her, her existences ceases to
continue - "the girl began to melt."
2.4 Female Gothic
2.4.1 The seductress - the countess
184.108.40.206 "...she on a black one, she wrapped in
the glittering pelts of black foxes and she
wore high, black, shining boots with
scarlet heels, and spurs."
220.127.116.11 "how shall I be rid of her?"
18.104.22.168.1 Cristina Bacchilega explains "the women can
coexist only as rivals, having no power
independent of the Count, they cannot advance
22.214.171.124 "With her long hand, she stroked her furs."
126.96.36.199 She belongs to the Count
because she has significance
as Countess only in relation
to him as Count.
2.4.2 The victim - the child
188.8.131.52 "there she stood, beside the road, white
skin, red mouth, black hair and stark
naked; she was the child of his desire and
the Countess hated her."