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>
Monday, 18 June 2012
The Snow Child
The features of gothic that we looked at all surrounded the themes of supernatural monsters, ancient medieval architecture and the more dominant themes of death and blood. We also looked at the most common language features of gothic too which is the excess and exaggeration of feelings and emotion, for example there is no like or dislike or perhaps even love, but only lust and obsession or burning hatred. This ensures the readers emotions become excessive and therefore become immersed in the story.
THE SNOW CHILD.
After looking at the snow child we discussed which parts of it were parts of the gothic culture. The appearance of the countess at the beginning, all clothed in black as they left an ancient medieval castle, planted the story firmly in the gothic culture, while the unrealistic apparition of “the snow child” emphasised the Gothic characteristics.
Angela Carter states that “My intention was not to do 'versions' or, as the American edition of the book said, horribly, 'adult' fairy tales, but to extract the latent content from the traditional stories and to use it as the beginnings of new stories.” We see clearly from “The Snow Child” that it is not a remake or a gruesome rendition but it took the characteristics and distributed them through the other characters. Such as the sick nature of queen from the actual story is given to the count from “The Snow Child” while the character that plays snow white still embodies innocence and trust.