There are various relations between Roald Dahl’s poem Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf and Charles Perrault’s short story Little Red Riding Hood that exemplify and prove the concept that Roald Dahl’s work is an adaptation of Perrault’s. A primary relation between the two works is the upholding of the central characters. Like Perrault’s short story, Roald Dahl discusses a character named the Wolf who comes to grandmother’s house in search of a meal. In addition, Little Red Riding Hood and the grandmother characters are...
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... theme, presented in Roald Dahl’s poem, is that females are no longer subordinate or victimized to their male counterparts, which is shown by the deviation in plot where Little Red Riding Hood kills the Wolf. This thematic idea is a modern representation of female characters in his poem and is further fortified by the fact that Roald Dahl lived during the time of female reformation. In addition to this theme, the role of the characters Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf in Roald Dahl’s poem are open to interpretation. This adaptation allows for an ambiguous perspective on who is the villain and who is the victim in the relationship between Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf. Ultimately, Roald Dahl’s adaptation takes Charles Perrault’s Little Red Riding Hood and provides new thematic meaning and character interpretations through several variations of the text.
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