When I just finished reading “The Bloody Chamber,” I thought I understood why the story was given the title it was. Obviously, the main character goes into the (literal) bloody chamber, and that’s what changes her life. However, as I thought about it more, I started to feel as though the bloody chamber isn’t really the room that the Marquis used to torture his wives, but rather the body + mind + heart(?) of the young girl.
At the beginning of the story, she is an innocent seventeen year old girl from Paris who has the gift of music. As the story progresses, we see her character evolve into someone who is almost nothing like the girl we meet in the beginning. The young girl has transformed from a pure, naive, virgin into an extremely sexual young woman who craves to be ravaged by her husband.
Now, was this who she was all along? I feel as though it is. And I think she realizes that herself. Her choice of words, her actions, and the nature of her relationship with the piano tuner (whose age we are not sure of) all lead me to believe that she was always dark on the inside. Perhaps even darker than the Marquis. However, what she has, unlike the Marquis, is the ability to suppress her dark side – her bloody chamber.