One big positive about this project is that I am able to use a story that I enjoy or one that I can relate to.
I decided that I would choose one of the short stories by Angela Carter, as these are ones I have read before and enjoyed. The book was The Bloody Chamber and a few of the stories I read and looked into are: The Lady of the House of Love, The Tiger Bride and The Snow Child.
The one I decided on using is the ‘The Snow child.’
The story opens in the dead of winter. A Count and Countess are riding horses through freshly-fallen snow when the Count wishes for a girl with: “white skin, red mouth, black hair.” Carter adapted The Snow Child from a Grimm Brothers version of the story. Carter uses the story to convey how men are perceived to have control over female identity. This connects with the reader allowing them to discover deeper thoughts and emotions. Another theme is this idea of the girl being controlled and not being free.
I found this analysis on: http://www.gradesaver.com/the-bloody-chamber/study-guide/summary-the-snow-child
“Mary Kaiser writes that the Countess is also a pornographic image in relation to the Count. She belongs to him because she has significance as Countess only in relation to him as Count. He not only buys the clothing she wears, but can dress and undress her at will.” I like how Mary Kaiser has looked into the meanings of actions, that appear to have none in the original text. The idea of the story being a representation of a mans thoughts and sex drive is something that really connects with the story, and connects with the reader.
“Theme of jealousy from its ‘Snow White’ origins and explores aspects of male power and desire.” (http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/the-snow-child-angela-carter/)
Read the story at: http://biblioklept.org/2013/06/21/the-snow-child-angela-carter/