Perrault's Tale Analysis

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The ending of Perrault’s tale has a very clear message that if you don’t follow it, there is no hope of coming back from the mistake you have made. The Grimm’s version provides a bit more hope at the end, but still has an obvious message that you should not break. Even the themes of these two stories, although the same, can be interpreted slightly differently. Perrault’s folklore seems to be telling young children, especially young, attractive ladies, that if you talk to strangers a “wolf” will come eat you. The tale acts as a warning for children to not speak to strangers, no matter how nice they seem, because they will turn out to be bad and hurt you. The theme of the story in the Grimm’s tale can also be seen as a warning against talking …show more content…
This is also further seem in the last line of the tale, “As long as I live, I will never by myself leave the path, to run into the wood, when my mother has forbidden me to do so." (Little Red Riding Hood 4). It appears that there is a strong warning in this story that children mustn't disobey what there parents tell them.
The last story I will be examining is Beauty and The Beast, and comparing the Grimm’s folktale to Perrault’s, a French, folktale. In Beauty and The Beast a king and a queen lived in a castle with no children, but they were desperate to have a daughter. However after many tries, and in one story a prophesy, they finally have a baby girl. When she is born there is a great party is thrown and many fairies were invited. These fairies
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In Perrault's story, when Briar Rose pricks her finger, the good fairy, who is very far away, hears of the news and comes rushing to the castle. When she gets there, she realizes that after one hundred, when Briar Rose wakes up, she won’t know what to do and will be very lonely and confused about her new life. Because of this the fairy goes around the kingdom and touches everything, except the king and queen, with her wand so they fall into a deep sleep until the princess wakes up. The king and queen then left the palace and ordered that nobody goes near it or touches it, which wouldn’t be possible because thorns and branches grew up all around the palace. In the Grimm’s story, after Briar Rose pricked her finger she fell down into the bed that was next to her and fell into a deep sleep. As soon as this happened, the entire palace fell into a deep sleep as well, including the king and queen. Thorns and branches began to grow around the castle, almost completely covering it so it couldn’t be seen. In this version the entire palace is asleep and only awakens when Briar Rose does. This means that her parents, the king and queen, will be with her when she wakes up. However, in the French story, after the king and queen leave the palace we never hear from them again. We do not know what happens to them after they leave, or even if they go to check on Briar Rose.

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