An Analysis Of ' Little Red Cap ' And ' The Little Girl And The Wolf '

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Little Red Cap recorded in 1812 by the Brothers Grimm and The Little Girl and the Wolf published in 1940 by James Thurber reflect societal values and society’s representations of gender during the time that they were written in. In the first version of the Grimm’s tale, they constructed an unintelligent and oblivious protagonist to depict the incapability of women. They also introduced a male hero to the tale to enforce the belief that a woman will always be saved by a masculine man in society. However, Thurber portrayed his protagonist as capable and intelligent to highlight women’s ability to defend for themselves. He also wiped the character of the huntsman present in the Grimm’s tale to subvert the values of needing a masculine figure to save the day. In addition, the Grimm’s alluded that women were valued for their beauty naïvety. In regards to similar values, both the Grimm’s and Thurber’s society valued purity in women.
The Little Girl and the Wolf presented women as being just as capable as men. Thurber gave his heroine qualities that were considered masculine in the Grimm’s tale, including capability and intelligence. Thurber characterised his protagonist so that she was able to defend herself as she took an ‘automatic’ and ‘[shot] the wolf dead’ when she realised that she was in danger. He utilised her initiative to kill the wolf in order to comment on the capabilities of women in regards to defending for themselves and their intelligence to recognise danger in…

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