Fairy Tale Adaptation Speech

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You will all be familiar with the fairy tale of the three little pigs, were in the fairy tale the pigs are cute and cuddly, and the wolf is big and bad. But what if we looked at it from a different point of view? What if the three little wolves were cute and cuddly and the pig is big and bag? These questions, Members of the committee, will be answered if you choose to include modern adaptations of fairy tales in our anthology of literature. Adaptations of classic fairytales provide responders with an entertaining insight into the ways that society has changed. Adaptations convey prevailing ideologies, often modernizing settings, attitudes and values. Contemporary responders are therefore appealed too these modernisations. Since 1697 there have been numerous adaptations of Charles Perrault’s original tale Little Red Riding Hood. With each new adaptation it is obvious that attitudes towards women have markedly changed. Angela Carter writing the late 1990’s will obviously put a female spin on the tale because she is a female author and a product of her time. The Grimm Brothers original tale of the three little pigs was a transformed by Euguene Trivaz in 1993 and he clearly employs modern ideas in a contemporary setting. PAUSE

In 1697 Charles Perrault wrote the original Little Red Riding Hood. The children’s fable was written with formal yet simple vocabulary such as “this good woman had a little red riding hood made for her”. This fable gives the responder an insight into the patriarchal attitude of the 17th Century giving the impression that women are submissive and “weaker” than men. PAUSE

In the early 19th Century the Grimm Brothers wrote an adaptation from Perrault’s original children’s novel titled “Little Red Cap”. Seems as though the acquiescent view on women had not greatly changed neither had the majority of the plot. Yet the only major changes depicted in this appropriation was that a male character in the fable...
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