The Purpose of this Blog
Your task on this blog is to write a brief summary of what we learned in class today. Include enough detail so that someone who was ill or missed the lesson can catch up with what they missed. Over the course of the term, these 'class scribe' posts will grow to be a guide book for the course, written by students for students.
With each post ask yourself the following questions:
1) Is this good enough for our guide book?
2) Will your post enable someone who wasn't here to catch up?
3) Would a graphic/video/link help to illustrate what we have learned??xml:namespace>
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
The Bloody Chamber
The main points found from the reviews were:
- The book challenges/pushes the boundaries of norms, and in doing so strpis the story down in a 'matter of fact' way, which manipulates traditonal characters = "Carter manages to twist the once innocent fairy tales"/ "She challenges the structure of patriarchy".
- Challenges typical patriarchal rules within society, and highlights the oppression of women = "challenges notions of male superiority and the objectification of women"
By reading the opening pages to 'The Bloody Chamber', we found that the female character's destiny could be seen as meaning she must delve into the unknown, and in turn leave her girlhood behind.
Also, the idea that her new life and setting is "beyond the grasp of my imagination", makes it seem like a "magic place, the fairy castle" which links to the idea that because magic and fairy stories are not seen as real, they require imagination to bring them to life. Therefore, the fact that this is beyond her imagination, can empahsise her movement towards the unknown.
Carter's stories also often break free from the traditonal conventions and has blurry distinctions,meaning that there is no clear distinction between the stories' break away from the norms.