Analysis Of Little Red Riding Hood

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Throughout history, women have been portrayed in a variety of ways; by following a popular story that has been rewritten several times over the years, we can see this progression. “Little Red Riding Hood” was first written in 1697, and since then has been in a constant state of evolution and change (Elmore). We will be looking at the 1697 version of “Little Red Riding Hood” and comparing it to newer versions; this will give us a chance to see how attitudes towards women have changed over the years. So that we don’t confuse the different characters, we will explore “Little Red Riding Hood” one story at a time. We are going to use Charles Perrault’s 1697 story of “Little Red Riding Hood” as our baseline because it is the oldest known modern version (Zipes et. al. 339). This is the classic tale we all know; Little Red Riding Hood is tricked by the wolf, and bad things happen at Grandma’s house. What sets the original story apart from other early versions of the story is the moral at the end, which states ……………………..…….pretty girls. Polite, well-taught, and Pure as pearls, Should stay on guard against all sorts of men. For if one fails to stay alert, it won’t be strange To see one eaten by a wolf enraged. (344)
Perrault teaches little girls that if a man does something to them, it is their fault for not being “on Guard” (344). He reinforces this blame and guilt by not punishing the wolf at the end. In the newer versions, the wolf is usually killed or injured because
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