Angela Carter Writing Styles in The Erlking

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Setting

The story takes place at a time and in a place that is not historically specific. It is set, like a classic fairy tale "once upon a time," in a timeless, magical anyplace. Yet, unlike a traditional fairy tale, the concrete, sensual elements of the setting are very important to the story, as indicated by the highly specific and descriptive opening paragraphs. The story takes place in a wood whose dangerous and seductive ambience seems almost like a character itself. It opens with a long passage describing the natural environment. The wood is invested with a powerful and menacing atmosphere, one connected to the passing of the seasons and the inevitable death that winter brings. The wood has the power to enclose: "once you are inside it, you must stay there until it lets you out." It robs human passersby of their sense of self, obliterating their identities...

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