Charles Perrault's Little Red Riding Hood

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Little Red Riding Hood has been told and fluctuated around for hundreds of years through many generations. It can be traced as far back as the 10th century in European folktale. Although, the best known versions were written by Charles Perrault and Brothers Grimm in the 17th and 18th century, the story has changed significantly in many ways since. Depending on versions the people in the tale can vary such as in the French version it is a woodcutter that comes in and saves Red and her grandmother and in the Brothers Grimm and German versions it is a hunter that barges in and saves them. In “Little Red Riding Hood,” there are many portrayed lessons to children such as to always obey one's parents, strangers are not always trustworthy, and pay …show more content…
In Perrault’s, Little Red Riding Hood, Red meets her Neighbor wolf tells him “[Grandmother] lives just beyond the mill that [wolf] can see over there. [Grandmothers] is the first house in the village” (Perrault 2). Red just immediately thinks that the wolf is a trustworthy guy even though she does not really know him. The wolf beat her there and then ate Red and her grandmother. Perrault displays the fact children, if they are wanting to survive, they should not trust strangers no matter who they are. In some other depictions of the story the wolf uses other methods of distractions such as “ naively tells [wolf] where [Red] is going and then get distracted by picking flowers as the wolf suggested” (Maya 1). Maya suggest that the wolf is …show more content…
In the Brothers Grimm version, Little Red Cap, Red arrives and “Grandmother was lying there with her nightcap pulled over her face. [Grandmother] looked very strange” (Grimm 3). Red was very caught off guard by this but did not think too much of it until the wolf pounced out and ate her up. If Red would have followed her instincts she could have avoided the fact of getting eaten up since she realized something was out of the ordinary. The Grimm Brothers were trying to establish that Red got eaten up because of the fact that she did not follow her instincts. However, in James Thurber’s version, “The Little Girl and the Wolf”, Red realizes that it is not her grandmother in the bed, “so the little girl took an automatic out of her basket and shot the wolf dead” (Thurber 2). Thurber portrays the idea that she is very self-reliant. Red knows her grandmother so well that she notices from twenty-five feet away that it is not her in her bed. SO instead of thinking it is nothing she took matters into her own hands and pulled out her pistol and shot down the wolf. These two ideas between the Grimm Brothers and Thurber are significantly different from the others. Grimm brothers portray how she did something wrong and suffered from it whereas Red in the Thurber story took matters into her own hands and took care of the wolf once and for

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