The stories have a similar moral at the end, each with a slight twist. This story, in each of its translations, is representative of a girl?s loss of innocence, her move from childhood or adolescence into adulthood. The way women are treated within each story is different. Little Red in the French version was eaten; whereas in the German version, she is rescued by the woodsman, and this further emphasizes the cultural differences. The common elements in the two stories are the wolf, Little Red (Riding Hood/Cap), her grandmother, and her mother.
Guillermo Del Toro the director of Pan’s Labyrinth and Neil Jordan the director of The Company of Wolves use the idea of imagination to escape reality. Pan’s Labyrinth and The Company of Wolves depict the heroines, Ofelia and Rosaleen using imagination to escape the real world’s despotism. Ofelia and Rosaleen are abused and utilized their abuser’s outrage and their own fury to invent a whimsical world that mirrors the oppression of their physical world and momentarily provides them with control. But, ultimately their minds become a source of enslavement for them. In Pan’s Labyrinth, Ofelia’s anguish becomes beneficial for her when she constructs a realm of magical creatures.
In “Little Red Riding Hood”, the wolf tricks the child and the grandma and eats them both while in “In the Company of Wolves”, the virtuous-appearing child uses her sexuality to seduce and defeat the wolf after the wolf eats her grandmother. The moral of both authors is something akin to the common saying “trust, but verify” - those who appear trustworthy and familiar can still be a wolf dressed in sheep’s clothing.
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.
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
The fairytale Little Red Riding Hood by Charles Perrault is a story that recounts the adventure of the protagonist Little Red Riding Hood as she fulfills her mother’s wishes to bring a package to her ill grandmother. Perrault’s short story conveys influential life themes on the idea of male predation on adolescent women who fall victim to male deception. Perrault successfully portrays these themes through his use of rhetorical devices such as personifying the actions of the antagonist Wolf predator as he preys on the protagonist Little Red. Perrault illuminates the central theme of upholding sexual purity and being aware of eminent threats in society in his work. Roald Dahl’s poem, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, is an adaptation to
Little Red Riding Hood tells a story of a young and innocent girl, who was sent to look after her grandmother by her mother, however, she was distracted by the wolf and fell into the wolf’s trap, as a result, both her and her grandmother was eaten by the wolf. The story ends in a way which the readers may not anticipated, because most readers expect fairy tales to have a happy ending. In the beginning of the story, Charles Perrault created this character little red riding hood as an extremely lovable figure, therefore, some readers might wonder why such an innocent figure was eaten by a wolf, and the reasons Charles Perrault made this tragedy happen. In this famous fairy tale, by visualizing the characters such Little Red Riding Hood, the wolf and the mother, as well as the setting of the story, Charles Perrault illustrates the seductions and difficulties people will face on their adventure to success and also gives people advices on how to handle these seductions. Little Red Riding Hood is portrayed as an innocent figure who has no precaution consciousness and is easily seduced.
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.
In "The Story of Grandmother", "Little Red Cap", and "Little Red Riding Hood" it is easy to see this formula at work. The little girl, in each of these versions of the fairy tale, absents herself from her home. Although she may be taking milk to granny's house rather than win... ... middle of paper ... ...rip into a race by taking another path. In Brothers Grimm's "Little Red Cap" the wolf walks with the young girl for a while and convinced her to pick flowers for her grandmother while he went on. This is the different form of trickery used in these two stories.
Through this realisation, the image of the wolf becomes an even darker and dominant figure: ‘Once the wolf had satisfied his desires’ (1812:15). Not only does he commit an act of violence but he also craves the consumption and therefore sexual gratification of an adolescent (Little Red Cap) by challenging her innocence. In ‘Hansel and Gretel’ a similar scenario is presented through the witch’s cannibalistic desire to cook and consume the children. The witch explains: “He’s staying outside in a shed, waiting to be fattened up. When he’s put on enough weight, I’ll eat him”.