All Folk Tales Are Not Suitable For Children Essay

1070 Words 5 Pages
All folk tales are not suitable for children. Many are not originally intended for children. Too many folktales provide a context in which taboo subjects can be discussed; taboo relating to rape exists, known as “Rape Culture.” In chapter five of The Golden Age of Folk & Fairy Tales from the Brothers of Grimm to Andrew Lang edited by Jack Zipes, the title alone, “Dangerous Wolves and Naive Girls” radiates taboo. Various versions of the popular tale of “Little Red Riding Hood” began as oral folktales shared by women and men throughout Europe, the story eventually evolving into a children’s tale. This tale revolves around a young girl, typically associating with wearing a red cape. The naive girl ventures alone through the forest enroute to her grandmother’s house, bringing along with her a variety of baked goods. Along the way she encounters a conniving wolf, whose interactions with Red are suggestive of devious sexual intent. The wolf arrives to Grandmother 's house before the girl, and proceeds to mutilate her grandmother. The undertone of the tale heavily implies that Red is raped. That is done in a very indirect manner, since talk of rape would have been taboo at the time it was gaining popularity. Although it is presumable that most classic fairy tales are geared toward children, upon further analysis, these seemingly innocent stories have served as a way of communicating about dark, adult themes such as rape, bestiality, and suggestive characteristics that would…

Related Documents