She is naïve and does not realize that the wolf is trying to trick her so that he can eat her. She is easily distracted by the flowers, nuts, and butterflies that she finds along the path he sends her on. When she gets to her grandmother?s house, although she feels that something is wrong, she enters anyway. Little Red strips off her clothes and gets into the bed with the wolf, still disguised as her grandmother. The wolf pro... ... middle of paper ... ... stories show symbolism for Little Red learning and maturing.
However, each presents the reader with a dichotomy that leads to an interesting juxtaposition in presentation. Carter and Perrault both offer interesting insight in their short stories depicting the fairytale of Little Red Riding Hood by the symbolism of the wolf and flip in moral. In “Little Red Riding Hood”, Charles Perrault uses the wolf as both a religious symbol and a symbol for men who prey on those weaker and more naïve than themselves, usually women. The devilish wolf is sneaky and cunning and at every opportunity has “a very great mind to eat her up” in the woods, but instead makes a deal with her. Like the classic devil, he charms her with his manners and suavely offers her his assistance.
During the interaction between the young girls and the wolf, the young girls had a choice of either being naïve and falling into submission or overcoming the suppressor and showing dominance. This idea of deception and dominance are furthermore shown through the character of the wolf who tries to deceive and dominate the young girls in any way necessary. In all three tales, the wolf is seen as deceitful and conniving because it appeals to the primitive emotions of women in order to make the women naively fall for its trap. In the Grimms' "Little Red Cap", the wolf convinced Little Red Cap that she should look around instead of going straight to her grandmother's house when it said "Little Red Cap, just look at the beautiful flowers that are growing all around you! Why don't you look
By using fantasy metaphorically and hyperbolically, she can poignantly convey her unorthodox and underlying messages. Before telling the story of Red Riding Hood, Carter establishes the nature of wolves in a folk-lore or legend style, which appears to be at least partially factual. The narrator describes wolves as malicious hunters in an ominous tone: "The wolf is carnivore incarnate and he's as cunning as he is ferocious; once he's had a taste of flesh, then nothing else will do" (Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, 2232). She tells of their desperation for food, one possible explanation for their eagerness to devour humans, but warns that the danger of falling prey to a wolf is ever-present. Beneath her descriptive background information of wolves lies Carter's real message: men are sexual predators, and hunt for flesh like wolves do.
In the end, both Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf are guilty of giving into their Id. The moral of the story warns the reader that there are wolves in the real world that are just like the wolf in the story. These “wolves” are just preying on young, impressionable young girls in order to fulfill their sexual desires. These little girls are not just victims though. They are also able to act on their desires and be bad little girls.
After she thoroughly inspects and comments on nearly every aspect of the wolf's "big" body parts, the wolf then "threw himself upon Little Red Riding Hood" to consume ... ... middle of paper ... ...l, she then goes into the woods to encounter the id. There she disobeys her mother's instructions, and becomes "the poor child." In the moral, these "pretty, nicely brought-up young ladies" turn "foolish" upon talking to strangers. As "elegant" as they were once considered, it is a child's own fault if she leans to far to the irrational id. Furthermore, Freud dramatically insinuates that this struggle can only end in death, which is the exact fate of Little Red Riding Hood.
The first significant difference is in the plot of Roald Dahl’s poem. Taken out completely is the Wolf encounter with Little Red Riding Hood in the woods. Instead of the Wolf cunningly getting information on the whereabouts of grandmother’s house from Little Red Riding Hood, in Dahl’s poem the “Wolf began to feel / That he would like a decent meal, / He went and knocked on Grandma’s door” (Dahl Lines 1-3). The first couple of lines in Dahl’s poem don’t begin focusing on Little Red Riding Hood the way Perrault’s short story does, but instead these lines aim the attention of the poem on the Wolf by beginning with his primary actions and feelings. Along with this absence of plot and shift in focus, Roald Dahl deviates from Perrault’s short story again during Little Red Riding Hood’s encounter with the Wolf in grandmother’s house.
scrutinizing Perrault’s version of Red Riding Hood Moreover, Block’s transformation of Little Red Riding Hood, Wolf, clearly identifies the wolf/man as awful person because of the heinous crime of rape he committed with the young lady. We feel the excruciating turmoil this young woman is experiencing due to being brutally violated. However, Perrault’s tale strongly suggests that this gullible, feeble, young girl, Little Red Riding Hood somehow warranted the actions imposed upon her, being eaten (raped) by the wolf. Therefore, wolf is completely innocent, above reproach and suffers absolutely no consequences. Jack Zipes, editor of The Trials & Tribulations of Little Red Riding Hood, st... ... middle of paper ... ...in secluded areas, and especially in locales of high crime.
This is the different form of trickery used in these two stories. The victim also unwittingly helps her enemy. These are the next two functions in these fairy tales. Although different, their components are the same. The next function used is the wolf causing harm to a member of the family.
SUMMARY So now you know that there are some very different versions of tales then we are accustomed to. You have heard some ancient folklore about werewolves, been introduced to the sexually charged characters, walked through the seemingly familiar yet much more raw path to grandmother’s house, and taken a journey from virginity to womanhood. Perhaps this story is not really about real wolves. We have all at times seen the animal within ourselves, so perhaps the image of the wolf is used to represent what we try to suppress about our nature. When Red throws his clothes into the fire, she is condemning him to wolfishness forever.