When people think of fairy tales, the image that comes to mind is a children 's story with magical beings and lands. Often these stories seem very plausible and actually something that happened in the not so distant past. In 1812, the Grimm Brothers published a collection of stories which contained 86 stories which became the foundation of what we call as fairy tales today. Aside from the fantasy elements, there are many other recurring traits found in fairy tales. Often the protagonist were the downtrodden, the innocent, and mostly young characters. What made them standout was their status: sometimes an orphaned child, generally very bright, and adorably naive. They also have the clear distinction between good and evil and ends with the conclusion “they all live happily ever after” making it an ideal life especially for children. In the original “Little Red Riding Hood”, the girl is a very defenseless child who is manipulated by the big bad wolf and almost eaten. However in Carter 's versions, she overturns the conventional idea that associates women as victims or prey. In these twisted version, the grandma is eaten and forever gone, while Little Red Riding Hood gives into the lustful situation set by the wolf in order to safely escapes the danger. Angela Carter writes two stories, “the Werewolf” and “The Company of Wolves” not only to bring a gothic twist into the story, but also challenge the gender roles and stereotypes of women.
In “The Werewolf” by Angela Carter the savage professionalism by the little red riding hood brings pity to the vicious wolf and a surprising twist to the girls ability. In the Grimm’s version of the story, little red riding hood has a cute image. A girl who is off to bring h...
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...ypes for women including her grandmother 's. According to Dr. Silima Nanda:
Fairy tales embody the ways that societies attempted to silence and oppress women making them passive. Much of the fairytale literature reinforces the idea that women should be wives and mothers, submissive and self-sacrificing. Good women in stories are to be silent passive, without ambition, beautiful and eager to marry. (248)
The Heroine in “The Company of Wolves” breaks these portrayals of women in every way. She does not submit to superstitious beliefs or God and the bible, she refuses to be a weak, submissive, and vulnerable figure, and she is not afraid to use her sexual ambition to control men who are trying to silence and oppress women. Through the boldness choices, Little Red Riding Hood is able to survive a dangerous situation that even her grandmother was not able to handle.
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