The main difference in Ungerers story of Little Red Riding Hood is the fact that all the characters have completely different personalities such as, the wolf is not a manipulative, lying, child eating villain and Little Red Riding Hood is not a naive little girl. In fact, the wolf actually comes from status. It does say that he was "mean, broody, ferousiously ferousious... but his reputation was even worse then his deeds" (Ungerer, 1974. P. 361) However, Little Red Riding Hood does bring out, what seems, a better side of him. In Ungerers story the wolf is the ruler of the land that lives in a castle and over sees the forest. He is very lonely living in the castle without a maiden and he spots Little Red Riding Hood, he approaches her and has some witty banter about him having a cruel reputation about eating young girls, as Little Red Riding Hood is not a child but a smart, independent, young women. Eventually the wolf asks Little Red Riding Hood to come back to the castle to marry him and spend the rest of their lives together. Little Red Riding Hood accepts. Ungerer is trying to show by the difference in characters is that times are changing and women and the younger generations are able to speak for themselves and make their own choices without fear of repercussions.
Little Red Riding Hood stands up for herself and does not fear the wolf. This is a parallel to the actual world and that women are having more rights and becoming more of their own person .Little Red Riding Hood stands as a metaphor for women in the 1970s and the other characters such as the wolf and grandma stand for choices and challenges of the world. Women no longer need to have men make decisions for them but are capable of decision making themselves. She does not submit to the wolf right away but challenges him saying "I thought you ate little girls." (Ungerer, 1974. P. 362) When she was approached by him. She does not run and hide and clearly does not need a man,... [continues]
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