Power of Women

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The Power of Women

In “The Company of Wolves”, by Angela Carter, women posses a quality that no one can compete with. This quality is her sexuality and beauty. According to Carter, men are simple and powerless when it comes to women’s beauty. Their carnal desires and passions come out and weaken them which turns them into something animalistic giving the woman the upper hand as the human. Women can then use this and control their desirability yielding it against men to defeat them in times of danger or need.
In the beginning of “The Company of Wolves”, Carter centers on the male’s similarity to wolves. Carter paints an image for her readers by using phrases such as “starveling ribs, slavering jaws, and lolling tongue” (625, Carter). These phrases are all used to stress the starvation or more the desperation of wolves hunting for prey. When the “slavering jaws” (625), “lolling tongue” (625), starveling ribs are put together a beast is created in that every ounce of their being is concentrated to finding something that will satisfy their hunger. Every detail including the wolf’s grizzly features is meant to help the reader picture the sometimes excessive masculinity the beast inside men. However even this masculinity, which is usually related to power and dominance is be easily undertaken by the feminine nature of a beautiful, young woman. Throughout the story the young girl begins to transition to womanhood. And this womanhood enables her to bed the beast of a man who is to have her virginity.
The girl in the red shawl is introduced as an adolescent in the midst of puberty. According to the text, she has begun to show with “her breasts [that] have just begun to swell” (627, Carter) and her “woman’s bleeding” (627). As a young girl, she is showered with love, adoration, and affection. Many girls with this type of protection are sometime naïve and don’t…...

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