Fevvers constitutes her identity through performance in which audiences are unable to distinguish between whether she is real or whether she is fake. This could be disputed because the audience may be aware that Fevvers stage persona is not real yet are still entertained by her performances and want to believe it is reality. The novel directs the reader into thinking that Fevvers true identity will be revealed at some point, the article suggests this will happen when Fevvers mask, for example her makeup is stripped off and each layer will reveal more and more of her true self. Furthermore, Fernihough demonstrates that Fevvers embodies this idea of masquerade; she hides her true identity with an artificial mask, so she will be seen as more desirable to a man and their idea of a women. On the other hand, is she just acting out her own idea of gender? It could be thought that Fevvers disguises her true identity because she takes pleasure in being the centre of attention and centre of the male gaze. For instance, “Look at me! With a grand, proud, ironic grace, she exhibited herself before the eyes of the audience as if she were a marvelous present too good to be played with. Look, not touch."( Carter, 1984: p13). The quote highlights she is demanding everyone’s attention and does not want to be touched she thrives on attention from her audien...
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