How does the use of point of view enhance feminism in the Company of Wolves by Angela Carter? Pleaseeeee.

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The narrative point of view keeps shifting in the story from the author to the wolf and to the grandmother and the girl herself. This shifting or changing of point of view is to enhance the feminist re-telling of the story. The old certainties of the original story are gone and os as readers we are never sure whose point of view we will see events from. In this version of Red Riding Hood granny has to die because the traditional female response to men must be changed, Carter is arguing.

A crucial part of the story occurs towards the end. Carter writes:

The girl burst out laughing; she knew she was nobody's meat.

Then she burns his clothes. Because he can no longer take the shape of a man, he is no longer a threat to her. Carter is implying that men are more dangerous to women than wolves. The word 'meat' reflects the feminist view on the way womne are represented in the media as mere objects of male lust. Here the girl embraces the physicality of the wolf and thus renders him powerless.

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