Essay about Little Red Riding Hood Analysis

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Little Red Riding Hood can no longer be considered a frail child without any control over what becomes of herself. Instead, Angela Carter makes the moral of this traditional fairytale into a modern day lesson: you can do anything. With great detail does Carter present her setting, which adds to the fearfulness the reader feels for Red as she encounters the wolf. As a result, we begin to fear the wolves as well, because in this small village wolves are more than mere beasts, they are were-wolves. Carter sets the scene for our pre-adult heroine who is afraid of nothing even though the whole town is ripe with fear. Women and children are taught to stay indoors at night while the men fear for their own humanity. Despite all of this Little Red …show more content…
The sacrifice of the “unbroken egg” the “sealed vessel”, her untouched virginity is enough to appease the wolf. (Carter 114) This sacrifice is able to fulfill the requirements of the situation because “Carnivore incarnate, only immaculate flesh appeases him.” (Carter 118) She does this willingly knowing that she saves her life by sacrificing her purity to the wolf. Even the manner in which her purity is sacrificed is ritualistic with the “brothers” of the wolf “howling in concert” outside the cottage. (Carter 117)
Following a similar thread maybe the real victims of “The Company of Wolves” are the were-wolves themselves. These men do not die; instead, they are turned into vicious beasts the whole town fears. They are half-man, half-wolf; no place in society truly belongs to them. They will never truly live in the forest because that is not where they were born, nor will society take them after they have been infected. These men must suffer knowing they can never reach their families again but they might retain only the knowledge of what they have lost, but never the resources to get it back. “The eyes alone unchanged by the metamorphosis”, the eyes that “shine like candle flames, yellowish, reddish…red from danger.” This only heightens the fear instilled by the wolves; not only in the citizens of the town but in

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