Hardwicke's Red Riding Hood: Valerie's Independence

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Halley Garcia
Essay III
Ms. Zeenat
9 April 2013

Dangerous Lover
“Oh! But Grandma, what big teeth you have,” the infamous line know all across the world stated by Little Red Riding Hood herself. This story is about an innocent girl who goes through twists and turns. There are many versions of this story, but all the start the same where the Little Red’s grandmother is ill and her mother sends her to grandmother’s place to take care of her. Hardwicke’s Red Riding Hood castes away from the original short story by following the teen obsessed trend of fairytales and paranormal romance.

Originally, Little Red Riding Hood set off though the woods to visit her sick grandmother with her mother’s permission. Her mother gave her two rules: do not stay from the path, and do not talk to strangers. As Little Red Riding Hood leaves for her grandmother’s she decides to take a short cut into the woods, proving her disobedience towards her mother. In the forest, she comes upon a wolf, and without hesitation joins in on conversation about where she is going, and whom she is going to see. Once she separates from the wolf, Little Red Riding Hood continues through the woods to her grandmother’s house. As she arrives, she walks into the bedroom and is confused by her grandmother’s appearance. She shrieks “Oh Grandmother, but what big teeth you have,” and the wolf replies with “all the better to eat you with, my dear” just so the girl could be swallowed whole. It isn’t until a huntsman cut the wolf open that the girl and grandmother are saved. Little Red Riding Hood learns her lesson, and never strays from the original path or talk to strangers again. This moral is a key element in Little Red Riding Hood, but appears to be absent in the film Red Riding Hood. Instead of returning home and following the moral, Valerie (Little Red Riding Hood) rejects her home and stays off into the forest to be with her forbidden lover. This reoccurring theme is found in...
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