Little Red Riding Hood By Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs
1244 WordsSep 26, 20175 Pages
Fairy Tales change and are constantly molding to fit modern standards and expectations. The story of Little Red Riding Hood also changes. Over the years innumerable variations have been created. Used by many, the story of Little Red Riding Hood has debuted in print, games, tv, painting, and song. Some adaptations fit into the category of a fairy tale while others branch out into other genres. The song “Lil’ Red Riding Hood” by Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs exemplifies the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Although the song and story possess distinct differences, “Lil’ Red Riding Hood” is a fairy tale because it contains magic, uses key characters, and develops the plot.
A fairy tale is a fictional story which includes magical characters or…show more content…
The listener’s enjoyment of “Lil Red Riding Hood” prompted the creation of yet another Little Red Riding Hood variation. Since then, artists such as Doctor Hook and Amanda Seyfried have created covers of Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs’ song. Fairy tales continue to evolve and become new creations. While some characters change, others stay the same.
Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs’ song uses all the primary characters. The song includes the wolf, Little Red, and Grandma. When speaking to Little Red, the wolf uses tricky words, such as lines 4-6 where he sings “Hey there Little Red Riding Hood,/ You sure are looking good./ You 're everything a big bad wolf could want,” in order to get Little Red alone. Grandma is also present in the song and story plot. Just like in other Little Red Riding Hood stories, Little Red is on her way to grandma’s house when she meets the wolf. Lines 18-19 state, “So until you get to grandma 's place/ I think you ought to walk with me and be safe” (Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs 1). The deceitful wolf is a metaphor for a sexual predator similar to the wolf in Charles Perrault version. The wolves in both stories represent deceiving men trying to trick an innocent girl. The listener of the song receives an embedded moral lesson while listening to this song. It tells the audience to be wary of unseen trickery and watch for the wolf in sheep 's clothing.
Fairy tales need magic; without a magical or mystical element, a story cannot be considered a