Asignment 1 - Piero Martinez Professor Helfer Fairy Tales Then and Now 17 February 2019 Assignment 1 The fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood is a story

Asignment 1 - Piero Martinez Professor Helfer Fairy Tales...

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Piero Martinez Professor Helfer Fairy Tales Then and Now 17 February 2019 Assignment 1 The fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood is a story that most children have heard when they were growing up. It’s a classic fairy tale involving an innocent ingenue, dangerous situations, talking animals, and a happy ending. This simple fairy has many distinctive versions to it. The Company of Wolves by Angela Carter and Wolfland by Tanith Lee are two different versions of Little Red Cap by the Grimm Brothers, but with similar arguments about men in relation to wolves. All three stories consist of a little girl venturing out into the woods to make her way to her grandmother’s house. In Little Red Cap , Little Red is completely eaten, but the huntsman comes and saves her. In The Company of Wolves and Wolfland, the tale of Little Red Riding Hood is given an even more fiction twist by involving werewolves. Nevertheless, disregarding the dissimilarities within the plots, all three tales lead the reader to wonder the same thing: can men be trusted? Let’s begin with Little Red Cap . In this version, Little Red Riding Hood portrays to be not as gullible and naïve as the reader expects her to be. In the beginning of the tale it says, “Whoever laid eyes upon her could not help but love her” (Grimm 101), which hints to the reader that Little Red is a little older and knows how to communicate well with people. When Little Red’s mother tells her to deliver “a piece of cake and bottle of wine” (Grimm 101) to her grandmother, she gives her very detailed instructions as to what she needs to do and what is forbidden. Little Red promised her mother to follow these rules, which illustrates Little Red’s comprehension on what she needs to do. As Little Red makes her way through the woods she is encounter s ed by a wolf, who she willingly chooses to talk to, disregarding all of her mother’s
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warnings about staying safe within the woods. The message here indicates that even though women understand there can be potential danger, men , because of their convincing nature, can still charm them. The Grimm Brothers are trying to demonstrate that sometimes things may not be what they seem to be. Similarly, in The Company of Wolves, a beautiful young woman who just began to blossom takes a trip, via winter woods, to her grandmother’s house. As she ventures through the woods, “she heard the freezing howl of a distant wolf, her practiced hand sprang to the handle of her knife, but she saw no sign of a wolf at all, nor of a naked man, neither , but then she heard a clattering among the brushwood and there sprang on to the path a fully clothed one, a very handsome young one, in the green coat and wideawake hat of a hunter, laden with carcasses of game birds.” (Carter 114) The hunter, in fact, is a werewolf who takes the opportunity to lie to
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