Special Thanks to my Personal Faery Friend for the Button Art: Ye Olde Faery Shoppe
I am once again posting Fairy Tale Fridays late and I want to apologize profusely here . . . Sorry, sorry, sorry!! I am feeling a turn-a-round. I even already have next week's FTF already written!!
With that out of the way, let's move on to one of the most well-known fairy tales, Little Red-Cap or what is more commonly known as Little Red Riding Hood. Little Red is known because of her red clothing, whether it be a cap or a cape or a cloak, depending on the version you are reading. She has a great relationship with her grandmother, who just so happens to have given her the red cap. One day, she hits the road to take some treats to her grandmother, meets the wolf, and ends up in an unexpected predicament . . . both the grandmother and Little Red end up in the stomach of a sleeping wolf! Of course, the woodsman comes to the rescue and cuts them out still in one piece, saving the day and allowing all (but the wolf) to live happily ever after!
This is one of the more prevalent stories in my inspiration for FTF, The Book of Lost Things. As I was reading further into the research for this book, I came to discover that Little Red Riding Hood has many sexual undertones! What?!?! Once I read more about it, these undertones did become more clear to me, but I don't know if I would have ever caught this on my own. In a nutshell, the wolf can be symbolized as a man, ready to eat up the sweet and innocent Little Red!
What I have found to be the most interesting about this tale is all the different versions or adaptations or references over the years. In fact, there is this website known as the Little Red Riding Hood Project, compiled via University of Southern Mississippi and edited by Michael N. Salda. It contains 16 versions of the tale along with amazing images of the books and stories themselves. As I perused these different versions, I came to discover that in some, Little Red is simply eaten up. In others, she is eaten and then rescued by some version of the woodsman. And, as in my own personal copy, she survives thanks to the woodsman, but then encounters another wolf on a later trip and once again succeeds and survives. There are a multitude of similarities, but the endings and most intriguing, the morals all pretty much differ! . . . Don't talk to strange man. . . . Never stray from the path. . . . Listen to your mother/elders. . . . Be cautious of those animals within us . . . That is just a few that I've come across and can think of!!
Which "moral" of Little Red-Cap do you like the best? What are your thoughts in regards to the sexual undertones mentioned above?
Friday, April 16th: New, modern version of a classic tale
Friday, April 23rd: The Butterfly by Hans Christian Andersen
Friday, April 30th: One-Eye, Two-Eyes, and Three Eyes by Brothers Grimm
Friday, May 7th: The Three Bears by Robert Southey