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The Wicked Wolf and the Innocent Girl
As long as there have been pretty little girls who have wanted to grow quickly, there have been predators that use their charm and cunning to play off the innocence of these girls in order to devour them. Such is the tale of “Little Red Riding Hood.” Little Red Riding Hood, in Charles Perrault's original 1697 version, is introduced as “the prettiest creature that was ever seen.” He goes on to states that “her mother was excessively fond of her; and her grandmother doted on her still more.” In Perrault’s tale, the grandmother makes Little Red Riding Hood a red capuchin to wear. Monica Daniels explains that “In the eighteenth century a riding-hood or capuchin was a large, soft hood with a deep cape attached, faced with a coloured lining, worn by all classes.” Orenstein suggests that Perrault finds his heroine ready for the world in that he chose to cloak her in red as “red, the color of harlots, scandal and blood, symbolizing her sin and foreshadowing her fate.” This color is attributed to a more adult garment, suggesting both the grandmother and mother think Little Red Riding Hood is ready to venture out on her own, as it was given to Little Red Riding Hood by her grandmother and her mother sends her out into the world alone wearing it. It may even suggest Little Red Riding Hood herself thinks she is ready to handle the world because we are told “she wanted to wear it all the time” (Grimm). This idea is supported by Windling who notes that “Red would have been an unusually flamboyant color choice for an unmarried girl; more modest attire, the text implies, might not have attracted the attention of the wolf. Her attractiveness is not lost on the wolf who croons “Hey there Little Red Riding Hood, You sure are looking good” (Blackwell). One day this little girl is sent on an errand by her mother to her Grandmother’s house. Along the way, in the woods, she encounters a wolf that has a “great...
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