In the original “Little Red Riding Hood” Fairytale, written by Charles Perpetual in the sass, he takes the approach of expressing how Little Red, a powerless, innocent child roaming the forest is looking to find her grandmother’s house. Whereas, the fairytale “Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf”, written by Royal Dahl, takes the approach of the stereotypical Little Red Riding Hood fairytale where Little Red battles the stereotypical “damsel in distress” type female character and shows that she is more powerful than her appearance and age is showing.
In this version of the story, Little Red skins the wolf and makes him into a fur coat, which shows that not all females are weak and powerless as they are all hyped up to be. “Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf” and the points and theories made by Behavior, suggests that women can be equally superior and heroic to men and that they should not constantly be misjudged by society which makes them seem co-dependent on men, when in reality, they are not. The way women are represented within most stories, fairytale, films, etc categorizes them as: powerless, unwilling and sake characters.
This outlook on women shows our society a negative point of view on women, leading to some complications such as sexism and men bringing up their theory of being misogynists. The Little Red Riding Hood fairytale, on the surface shows an innocent little girl traveling through the forest bringing baked goodies to her grandmother because her mother told her to. The protagonist of the story, the wolf acquires the perfect opportunity to devour the little girl because he’s hungry, and she looks so happy and innocent without a care for anything in the world, which sakes her an easier target.
Little Red even looked innocent as she travels along in the deep forest. “There lived in a certain village a little country girl, the prettiest creature who was ever seen. ” (Perpetual). This expresses that Red’s appearance, even at young age, making her an easier target for creepers, which puts her at a higher disadvantage while traveling through the woods. Little Red Riding Hood has numerous interpretations and has been adapted by famous authors dozens of times. The first ever adaptation of the story Little Red Riding Hood, was written by author
Charles Perpetual in 1697. In this version of the fairytale much like the other adaptations, Little Red travels through the forest to bring her grandmother goodies. Unfortunately, in the conclusion of the story, she ends up being eaten by the big bad wolf. This variation of the fairytale shows a moral of the story that “Children especially attractive, well bred young ladies, should never talk to strangers, for if they should do so, they may well provide dinner for a wolf” (Perpetual).
Morals of stories are usually aimed towards children to help them grow up and shape themselves for the future to reassure that these situations can never happen. There are a few things that can complicate the text in Little Red Riding Hood. De Behavior helps to reassure the reader that women are not as powerless as they seem, and that they do not need to be dependent on the male gender. She also expands in great detail about the portrayal of women and how women do not need men to survive and live a life of happiness.
She states within her passage, “The Second Sex” that men and women an live and strive in life and both genders can be successful without the dependence of either gender. She writes in her passage that “History has shown us that men have always kept in their hands all concrete powers; since the earliest days of the patriarchate they have thought best to keep women in a state of dependence, definitely established as the Other”. (139) History may show that women seem to be dependent on men, but De Behavior battles that theory along with Little Red Riding hood showing that women are not so entirely dependent on men.