Fairytales and Folktales

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Fairytales and folktales have been told around the campfire, in the living room, the class room, and before bedtime for centuries. First told orally, the “… stories had to have remarkable features in order to remain memorable (Nodelman 246).” These stories were passed down from storyteller to audience until they were eventually written down and collected for consumption by the public. Due to the passing of time and fallibility the stories have changed throughout the years and slightly differ from culture to culture, however, “Stories similar to “Cinderella” can be found in historical records from as far back as the seventh century, and from a variety of places around the world (Nodelman 246).” Although the classic tales differ in various…show more content…
He wrote such tales as “Bluebeard,” and “Cinderella” as instructional tales for his children. However, perhaps his most famous tale, “Little Red Riding Hood,” was written especially for the bourgeoisie that resided in the Palace of Versailles, as means of entertainment and folly (Orenstein 1). With parables of sex, rape, murder, and torture; Perrault managed to entertain and horrify adults and teach children. The first published version of “Little Red Riding Hood” or “Le petit chaperon rouge” was by Charles Perrault, in 1697. During this time period in France, known as the Age of Seduction, sex was a powerful hypocritical force. Young girls were taught that their worth was in their virginity or pureness; even unwanted sex, seduction and rape, could forever tarnish a girl’s reputation or lead to her execution or imprisonment, for falling short of society’s expectations. However, there were many mistresses of the court and king residing in the Palace of Versailles and in plain view, without punishment or threat of punishment; they were illustrious features of day-to-day life (Orenstein 1). Immediately, from the title “Little Red Riding Hood”, symbolism representing sin and sex is apparent, as Catherine Orenstein writes in Ms. Magazine, “…Perrault cloaked his heroine in red, the color of scandal and blood, suggesting the girl’s sin and foreshadowing her fate. Her

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