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This week’s class topics revolved around werewolves and some of the origin stories as well as some modern adaptions. Something that I would like to dive into is how the different variations of Little Red Riding Hood. They all begin and end in a very similar way. Begins with Red needing to bring her grandmother some type of treat and ends with the poor grandmother being murdered by the beast (most of the time a werewolf but once it was an ogre) and little red not making it (except for once, she was able to outsmart the beast). These stories of Red Riding Hood are very different from some of the other versions I have read/ seen. There is the one where Little Red and the grandmother are able to escape out of the wolf’s belly and kill him. Another was the movie Hoodwinked. It gave the dynamic between the wolf and Red a way less scary tone which can (and does change the moral of the story). The moral of this story (according to Charles Perrault, I believe) is for “children, especially attractive, well-bred young ladies, should never talk to strangers.” So, it is pretty much a stranger danger PSA that gets very graphic.  This odd relationship between the wolf and Little Red Riding Hood is shown in “Lil’ Red Riding Hood” by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs in their music video. It shows a Betty Boop-esque little red running from a wolf but when she gets home and discovers the grandmother is not there but the wolf is in her place it gets very weird. They start to kiss. The wolf kind of seduces Little Red and they end up together in the end. I do not understand why the story took this turn but the 60’s were a weird time.

http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm026.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoodwinked!

http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0333.html#italy

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