A happy ending is a normally expected convention for fairy tales, as depicted in many Disney films throughout. However, Carter plays with this aspect in her story by giving the reader not quite a bittersweet ending, but rather an ending that did not accomplish depicting freedom and the ever classic “happily ever after” that usually occurs in order to give the story closure. The last line of The Bloody Chamber emphasizes the major theme of shame that also encompasses feelings of resentment, secrecy, and guilt – something that does not give the reader that fairy tale ending that was expected of happiness and the resolution of all conflicts, but rather shows the darkness of the rite of passage. The narrator described how nothing could “mask that red mark on [her] forehead” (Carter 45)and how glad sh...
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...ts of The Bloody Chamber such as the bittersweet ending, the role of the heroic mother, and the vivid descriptions of desire as told by the narrator, are the reason why Carter’s story tends to play against the prior knowledge of the reader, to the extent of which the dark side of the fairy tale genre are showcased. Carter subtly extinguishes typical expectations of the readers by explicitly including traits that are normally avoided in this particular genre by creating a strong, heroic mother that is quite involved in the narrator’s life as well as providing fantastic details about the narrator’s desires that are usually never addressed, and also leaving the ending to the story as not a happy ever after, but rather one in which the narrator feels scarred and mistaken. These conventions depict the fairy tale genre’s true darkness that is more often overlooked.
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