"In The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter
reverses gothic traditions so that the males
become the victims instead of the females."
THE LADY OF THE HOUSE OF LOVE
The countess is the predator, and she is female
she entices males
into her bedroom
where she then
"now she is a
must have men"
however she is a
victim of her past; she
has to suffer the ways
of life which her
ancestors have set up
for her (being a
vampire). This could
be a social comment
on how women's lives
are set up by how their
female ancestors act
"except her horrible
reluctance for the role"
like to be
The soldier, a young male, is her prey
He is a virgin, a trait
often associated with
women in the gothic
"The heroines of these stories are
struggling out of the straitjackets of
history and ideology and biological
The women are breaking free from
society's idea of what they should be
The mother in "The Bloody Chamber" saves her
child from the Marquis, a role which typically in
gothic and fairytale tradition would be applied to men.
THE BLOODY CHAMBER
The Marquis is killed at the end
of the story by the girl's mother.
"her skirts tucked around her waist, one hand
on the reins of the rearing horse while the other
clasped my father's service revolver"
presented in a very masculine way
throughout the story the girl is
the victim to the Marquis; victim
to his sexual violence (despite
the fact she finds that she is
drawn to it.
His former wives are all female
victims, murdered by the Marquis
"there is a striking
the act of love and the
ministrations of a
the girl is treated as
though she is meat
that he has bought
"he stripped me [...] as if
he were stripping the leaves
off an artichoke
"my purchaser unwrapped his
The girl strangles him
at the end of the story
He entraps young girls by turning them into
birds and caging them.
The Duke, a werewolf, is hated by
the villagers and is shot at, causing
him pain and injury.
Alice tends to his
wounds, and by
back to a human