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The Tale Of Little Red Cap

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Fairy tales present a sense of life and fantasy with the use of literary techniques, like animism and imagery, creates a strong appeal for children (Favat, 1977). Throughout time fairy tales have embodied the current state of social construction, perspectives and ideologies of society. These views are embedded in the child’s mind from an early age influencing their discernment of relationship, mores, ingenuity and persona. One of the most iconic children story retold and adapted in all major languages for three centuries is the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood. The story originated through oral traditions during the 17th century in France and has numerous versions over the years representing the evolving social mores. The Grimm Brother’s version of the tale, Little Red Cap, was rewritten in 1812 in Germany illustrating core communal principles of their time. The adaptations of their work underlines complex societal and political setting during the 19th century. Through attitudes of the characters, imagery, and symbolism, Little Red Cap illustrates Victorian ideas on obedience, patriarchal beliefs, female sexuality influencing children’s understanding of gender role and behavioural traits. These ideas are then passed over through generation influencing modern views on the specific subjects including gender roles.
In Grimms’ wide collection of cautionary tales, there is a common inference of how both female and male should act through fictional character’s personas and
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