“The Bloody Chamber” is based on the story of Bluebeard in which a rich, ugly man with a blue beard who entrusts his keys to his wife. The wife then discovers a room that is filled with the bodies of Bluebeard’s previous wives. Bluebeard returns and threatens to behead the wife, but her brothers save her and kills Bluebeard. In “The Bloody Chamber”, Carter adapts the story into a work of her own. She begins by making the star of the story the Heroine. The story is told solely in her point of view, which is not seen very often. Carter gives a voice to t...
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...ment 's hesitation, the boy 's face softened and he smiled a little, almost in shame. Though they were blind, his eyes were singularly sweet. 'Forgive me, ' said Jean-Yves. 'I know I 've given you grounds for dismissing me, that I should be crouching outside your door at midnight ... but I heard you walking about, up and down--I sleep in a room at the foot of the west tower--and some intuition told me you could not sleep”. Jean-Yves is presented as a timid and small man who is also very sweet and very polite to the Heroine. However, he isn’t exactly who we would look toward to be a hero for the Heroine. In comparison between Marquis and Jean Yves- Marquis is bigger than Jean-Yves, physically stronger, and has a history of murdering people whereas Jean-Yves is physical smaller and had a disadvantage at being blind if they were in the middle of a fight to the death.
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