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'My father lost me to the beast at cards
->The beauty's father wages her carelessly as if she is a mere posession
->Her father succumbs to his primitive animalistic insticnts
'wild wee thing' 'imitative life amongst men'
->the narrator recounts how she has always been more at home with animals rather than people forced into an imitative life amongst men in a patriarchal society not free to express her true nature
'there was a crude clumsiness about his outlines' 'He wears a mask with a man's face painted most beautifully on it' 'he has an odd air of self imposed restraint as if fighting a battle with himself to remain upright when he would rather drop on all fours'
->The beast is ashamed of who he truly is
->Could represent our origins we need to embrace our foundations to be able to make true progress in society we shouldnt give into societal expectations of what people expect us to be
-People began increasingly to fear atavism and recidivism, the ideas that some human beings were more primitive and bestial than others
'I would have been glad to depart with him to the kingdom of horses if i'd been given the chance'
->The heroine longs to associate with the wild innocence of the horses
'When i break off a stem i prick my finger and so he gets his rose all smeared with blood'
->Symbol of rose throughout book its not just a symbol of her purity but also the prick = the pain of her objectification and being passed around like an object
'when we left the city behind us and were now traversing a wide flat dish of snow where the mutilated stumps of the willows flourished...as far as eye could see not one living thing' 'it was a world in itself but a dead one a burned out planet'
->Link to orientalism
'Th palace was dismantled as if the owner were about to move house... The beast had chosen to live in an uninhabited place'
->Decay of opulence beast has let his animalistic side take over his life and upkeep of the house, house could be representative of him
'The artifical masterpiece of his face appals me'
->The heroine only wants for the beast to show his true self to her his unnturalness appalls her
'I let out a raucous guffaw'
'Nothing human lives here'
'This clockwork twin of mine halted before me, her bowels chruning our a settecento minuet, and offered me the bold carnation of her smile' 'that clockwork girl who had powdered my cheeks for me had i not been alotted only the same kind of imitative life amongst men that the doll-maker had given her'
->The girl compares herself to the doll who represents her and societies standards
->When she plans to send the soubrette back in her place she reclaims her life and desires as a woman, she no longer needs someone to wind her up to perform mundane tasks that were expected of her
'The lamb must learn to run with the tigers'
->Not only does this charactise women and men as animals but that women musst also learn to embrace their animalistic natures
->Women have been taught they are the lambs however they are in fact the tigers if they can transgress pass the societal boundaries that repress them
'cloaked and masked once more to all appearances, a man'
->The mask represents civility and the restriction it palces on people when he removes the mask these restrictions fade away
'Could he so easily leave me here?'
->When the father leaves his child its the moment of realisation for the heroine that men are always going to treat her like a doll no matter how hard she tries to equal the
'He was far more frightened of me than i was of him'
->the fact that the beast strips first shows carter's feminist rewrite men should show their emotions not keep them repressed
->Over time we have developed unconscious attitudes and stereotypes towards women, setting us back in time to the primitive would allows us as a human race to rethink our views and build back up to our true selfs almost like a rebirth
'And each stroke of his tongue ripped off skin after sucessive skin, all the skins of a life in the world, and left behins a nascent patina of shinig hairs. My earrings turned back to water and trickled down my shoulders; i shrugged the drops off my beautiful fur'
->Angela Carter is expressing that humans are in fact the beasts, and the purity and innocence that we seek can only be found in the animal kingdom. Not only are there no social constraints in the animal kingdom, but the act of sexual attraction and action are simply natural, and necessary, rather than seen as something to restrict or deny, especially in the case of an unmarried young woman. By shedding the form of humanity, the Beauty and the Beast are able to be truly free, without any need for virtue, charm, or civility. They have instead returned to the purity and beauty that is nature.
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