Angela Carter

How does Angela Carter’s appropriation demonstrate the impact of popular culture on the genre of fairy tales? In your response, discuss how the moral or “message” of the original fairy tale is altered.
  * The cultural paradigms of present day genre; genre being a way to categorise literature that can naturalise representations, have undeniably altered from that of the 17th Century.
  *   Subsequently, the mores most relevant to the time, otherwise known as the popular culture, has diffused into the fairy tales of that age.
  * “The Bloody Chamber” (1979), Angela Carter’s appropriation of Charles Perrault’s original fairy tale, “Bluebeard” (1695), follows a feminist discourse of sadistic heterosexuality and gender power plays.
  * These two polysemic texts convey fundamental morals that are translated through the categorising genre conventions of each composition; assisted through the codes of signs and signifiers.
  *   The nature of curiosity and the ambiguity of true innocence are morals whose meanings rest upon the popular culture of their context.
  * The worth of physical appearances is a message discussed in varying slants across both texts.
  * Because of the freedoms Carter enjoys in her writing, her ability to cross social boundaries differentiates her concept of the genre of fairy tales from the rigid confines of   “Bluebeard’s” birth ground, French middle class society.
  * Thus, this has caused the moral or “message” of the original fairy tale to alter.
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  * Both fairy tales follow the story of the marriage of a young wife to a secretive older man, who is really a sadistic bride-murderer.
  * “The Bloody Chamber” attempts to provide reason for the masochistic tendencies of the heroine’s husband, despite Perrault’s choice to avert from this discussion.
  * Hailed as the most important fantasist of her time, Carter has the benefit of manipulating the fairy...