Female Sexuality And Transformation In Angela Carter's Company Of Wolf

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Angela Carters narrative "Company of Wolves"; a fictional reinvention of the mythical tale of Red Riding Hood; explores female sexuality and transformation. The story differentiates from it's original version when the handsome "wolf-man" she encounters in the forest introduces her to seduction. With both her chaste and innocence at stake, the woman discovers her power and fearlessly relies on it to survive. "She stands and moves within the invisible pentacle of her own virginity. She is an unbroken egg; she is a sealed vessel; she has inside her a magic space the entrance to which is shut tight with a plug of membrane; she is a closed system; she does not know how to shiver. She has a knife and she is afraid of nothing". This quote in particular acknowledges both the power and danger of woman's sexuality. Through the use of metaphors and similis, heavy emphasis is placed on the value of the woman's sexual innocence. The danger of female sexuality was emphasized stated that she had a knife and she was afraid of nothing. The conclusion of the quote implies how she was shielded…show more content…
Maya Angelou narrates her version of the interaction between her Momma and the racist dentist at the dentists office. She has a fantasy of her Momma responding to the dentists' discrimination by confronting him assertively and aggressively. Angelou imagined her momma transformed into a superhero with incredible powers. "I didn't ask you to apologize in front of Marguerite, because I don't want her to know my power, but I order you, now and herewith. Leave Stamps by sundown." (p.929) In this quoted statement from Maya Angelou's version of the story; Momma clearly acknowledges her power. Maya Angelou's fantasy endorses the empowerment of women; and by doing so, expresses the power of womens

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