Essay about Company of Wolves-Little Red Riding Hood

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Little Red Riding Hood

“The Company of Wolves” by Angela Carter is very similar to “Little Red Riding Hood”, the little girl heading out with a basket full of liquor and goodies for her grandmother. The wolf stopping her on her way to the grandmother’s house; the wolf races to the house, eats the grandma, pretends to be the grandma and makes “Little Red Riding Hood” believe that he is her grandma. He pounces on her and tries to eat her but a hunter comes and kills the wolf and saves the grandma. The story reveals an extensive imagination by elaborating on different ideas and points of view of gender roles. Carter’s characters portray these roles very similar to the way we view gender roles today. Carter uses the wolves as a
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We could assume that every wolf was once a man. At the beginning Carter explains how wolves are “carnivore incarnate and he’s cunning and ferocious”, but yet she also explains how “melancholy” a wolf can be because “the beasts would love to be less beastly if only they knew how” (110, 112). Everyone seems to be afraid of these wolves “fear and flee the wolf; for, worst of all, the wolf may be more then he seems” which could mean that the wolf isn’t necessarily after fresh meat but that he just wants sex. The wolf only sees women as meat. It kind of reminds me of “The Wedding Singer” where Glenn grades his women with the FDA system, for example if he thought a woman was top of the line he would say that she was Grade A, top choice meat. At the end of the story, the wolf seems to be put in his place by the girl because she doesn’t fear him and when he tries to frighten her with telling her he’s going to eat her, she just laughs at him and rips off his clothes. Many stereotypes have men portrayed as beasts that crave sexual encounters and as creatures that only think about sex which Carter seems to do with the wolves. Women are seen as innocent and virtuous individuals that are only spoiled by men.


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