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?

Thursday, 5 July 2012

The Bloody Chamber part 2

Sorry for the late blog lads.

In this lesson we focsed on the ways and methods that Carter portrays the exploitation of women where we turned our attention to this quote:

"Carter’s talent as a writer enables her to utilise the most vivid and violent use of imagery and language to demonstrate the way in which women have been exploited in western society."

We can see clearly that the exploitation of women is a main focus in her work and her vivid and violent imagery really emphasises this. We looked deeper into this with a task to rank the types of figures that would be likely to find in her stories. We found that a 'female victim' is the most common figure under the constraints of a 'patriarchal male'; as well as a 'female hero' which in turn fits Carter's femminist view of women breaking free from patriarchy. In addition we found that the most unlikely figure would be a 'heroic male' where we find the piano tuner, the only male that could be of help to the protagonist, was blind so in fact was helpless but her mother culminates to be her saviour which also shows Carters play on stereotypical sex roles.

 Imagery is the main way that Carter draws us into her gothic diegiesis where she uses many different types of imagery: 

Visual imagery - sight
Auditory imagery - sound
Gustatory imagery - taste
Tactile imagery - touch
Olfactory imagery - smell
kinastetic imagery - movement

Imagery – the use of language to represent objects, actions, feelings, thoughts, ideas, states and experiences.

1 comment:

  1. This was a useful blog for me as I missed this lesson. I agree with the point you have made about how the main focus of Carter's stories is to highlight the exploitation of women within patriarchal societies. In addition to this I can also see how she has used these traditonal views to her advantage in order to show both a feminist view, and a rebellion against these typical stereotyped roles.