Ash and possesion of Christabel
Posted by Kate on November 06, 1997 at 21:40:57:
This is absolutely the last post for today, I promise!
In Chapter 15, Ash reflects about Christabel, as they eat their huge dinner
He compares her to a chained bird, and thinks
"He would change all that. He could change all that, he was tolerably certain. He KNEW her, he believed. He would teach her that she was not his possession , he would show her she was free, he would see her flash her wings"
This to me seems incredibly patronizing. It's like Ash is saying that without him, Christabel would not know her own freedom, would be like a caged creature, that he would be the one to release her from bondage. Instead, he has taken her from a situation of freedom, and placing her in circumstances which will ensure her continued dependence. She didn't need to be taught she was not his possession - she was quite capable of seeing that for herself. The idea of him GRANTING her freedom seems extraordinarily self-centered, even for Ash.
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