Perrault's Version Of Little Red Riding Hood And Little Red Riding Hood

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Little red riding hood, a classic tale about a young girl venturing through the forest to visit her elderly grandma. Over past centuries many versions have been written depicting their own differences. Charles Perrault 's 1697 version, Little Red riding hood can be contrasted in several ways against Brother Grimms ' version, Little Red cap.
The tales begin by describing the protagonist, Little Red riding hood, after her red hood in Perrault’s version and red cap in Grimm 's version thus, Little Red Cap. They describe a sweet girl about to deliver goods to her ill grandma in the woods. In Grimms’ tale, she 's been told by her mother not to stray from the path. This doesn 't occur in Perrault 's tale. Little Red riding hood stumbles across
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The Grimms’ 1812 version is less sexual because the key moment when the little girl asks her grandmother several questions about her appearance, (actually the wolf in disguise) occurs outside the bed with both fully clothed. The protagonist in this version appears younger than in Perrault’s version and seduction references are removed. The mother is more prominent, telling her child “not to stray from the path”, which may have a literal, as well as a figurative meaning. Literally the girl should stay on the path to grandmother’s house but in the metaphorical sense, implying refrainment from acting outside of social norms. In this version, the child needs a man, being the fatherly hunter, to rescue her from the wolf. Aimed at young children, rather than young women, receiving a lesson in female obedience. When Perrault wrote “Little Red Riding Hood” in the late 17th century, there was a common French slang phrase to describe the loss of a girl’s virginity: “Elle avoit vû le loup”, translated “She has seen the wolf" The sexual symbolism in Perrault’s “Little Red Riding Hood” is the little girl undressing and climbing into bed with the wolf, this not occurring in the Grimms’ version. Perrault’s moral, was based on the 17th century, French conservatives believing modern woman was destroying family life and social values. The hood colored red was Perrault 's idea, as it was known decent woman wouldn 't wear a red hood, being the color of sin. Only ladies of bad reputation wore red dresses and Perrault 's insinuations were obvious, serving as a warning of female promiscuity. The protagonist cloaked in red symbolizes harlots, scandal and blood, foreshadowing her

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