The Fairy Tales From The Brothers Grimm And Hans Christian Andersen

1202 Words Feb 15th, 2016 5 Pages
For centuries, folklore has defined different cultures around the world. Many of these tales have been adapted into mainstream media for children by companies such as Disney. Unsurprisingly, Disney leaves out a lot of the original stories. The fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen are meant to express topics involving the loss of innocence that young ones are not expected to know. Amidst modern literature, Joyce Carol Oates’s inserts similar connotations in her 1966 short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been.” Surely, Connie is flawed and the perfect princesses people think they know are no different. The short story, “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been,” and common fairy tales represent the theme of loss of innocence through the characters’ lust, defiance, and vanity.
One way loss of innocence is portrayed amid fairy tales and Oates’s short story is through lust. Clearly, Connie has desires to be with men. Even when Arnold Friend, a complete stranger, comes up her driveway and declares he is her lover, there is criticism that she “may have been seducing him” (Kurkowski 4-5). In a seemingly flirtatious manner, she smirks, adjusts her hair, blushes and goes along with Arnold’s conversation regardless of knowing his intentions (Oates 3). Comparably, interpretation of “Little Red Riding Hood” proposes that “the conversation between the wolf and Red Riding Hood [is] a seduction” and “put[ting] herself in danger [is] a desire for sexual…

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