The Evolution of the Common Fairy Tale Essay

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How influential can a little fictional girl be? In the world of fairy tales, there isn’t a girl who has lived a more tragic life than little red riding hood. She may not be a princess, but her story has provided the first step towards modern culture. Born without a name, she holds more symbolism than other princesses among her genre, which results in a sympathetic connection with her audience. Told for centuries, Little Red’s story was first published in 1697 France by Charles Perrault. In summary, “Little Red Riding Hood” is the story of a little girl draped in a red hood delivering food for her sick grandmother. Along the way, the girl meets a wolf. Oblivious to the wolf’s evil intentions, she tells him exactly where she’s going and how …show more content…
Perrault was heavily influenced by Louis XIV and the lingering social problems that affected France. There was a major social structure instability between the social elite of France that may have been a motivation for men to take advantage of women. There was a saying during this time period where a woman who has lost her virginity has “seen the wolf.” Perrault, being and educated intellectual, explains this saying in a small explanation at the end of his Little Red Riding Hood Tale where he reveals that “these gentle wolves” are the “most dangerous ones of all” (Perrault). Thankfully, women’s rights have since improved for the better. Women have improved access into the political world and are able to receive an equal education to males. Many jobs that women used to do to provide for their families are now done by machinery. Many spoken versions of fairy tales have proof of women’s work within their writing, and readers are able to see an obvious change in how these tales have changed over time. (Orenstein) One example of women’s roles in creating fairy tales is in Little Red Riding Hood where it’s said that the wolf and Riding Hood met at the path of “pins and needles” (Orenstein). As time progressed and more rights were given to women, the evidence of women’s work disappeared in the published versions of many fairy tales. The tale’s main purpose was to reflect the

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