Analysis Of ' The Little Red Riding Hood '

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Kristina Mannes
“Transforming Tales”
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Transforming tales

European folktales, through their malleable nature, embody a dynamic role in cultural history. These tales, and further their adaptions, provide insight into varying time periods and spaces. The modifications of tales and the varying interpretations surrounding them, provides much information in this. Several popular and enduring fairy tales, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Puss in Boots, and Sleeping Beauty will be examined in this essay. By tracking the changes of these tales the deeper implications regarding differing societies and period can be gained.
The Little Red Riding Hood tale as it exists today remains quite different to the original peasant tale. The original tale was marked by much more violence and was not always subject to the same happy ending associated with the story today. In fact, the happy ending which exists in the Grimm edition of the story exists only because it was added by the storyteller, Jeanette Hassenpflug who borrowed it from another popular German tale, ‘the Wolf and the Kids’ (Darnton 11). Jack Zipes describes how ‘throughout the nineteenth century the Perrault version was generally garnished and transformed into a tale with more delicacy and ornateness, primarily for children of the upper class’ (45). In Perrault’s tale the young girl falls victim to the wolf. The change in the story, and shift away from the violence of the pre-Grimm
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