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Patience had an adventurous spirit. Her friends called her ‘Red’ due to her hair color and fearless character. However, her father was always worried that her daring personality would lead her to trouble. Her mother thought otherwise. One day, Red was sent by her mother to the neighbor’s house to take some gifts since it was Christmas season. “Please hurry child. You know it is not safe for a girl out there alone,” she said. “Don’t take too long, I’ll start getting worried.”
Red was delighted. At last the chance had come for her to explore further. She knew the cruelty of the Amaltheans but she was not afraid – or so she thought. Immediately she turned the first corner down the street, she hid the gifts in a small bush across the road and ran in the opposite direction towards the alien town. The experience was amazing. She saw floating homes, high-speed trains, spaceships, robots and all kinds of toys and dolls in malls. She came to the close of the road and realized she could not trace her way back. She panicked. “Little earthling, you must be lost, right?” she heard a voice behind her and turned quickly to see a big Amalthean staring down at her. “Umm…no sir, I was just taking a walk. I think I’ll just go back now.” She replied, trying hard not to look scared. “Well, to me it seems you are lost. You crossed the boundary into our territory several miles back. As a good Amalthean, I’ll not eat you up. Instead, I’ll take you to our king; he’ll know what to do with you. Come, now.” “No, please don’t. I’ll just find my way back,” Red pleaded. “Please don’t take me to Janus; he’ll kill me.” However, her pleas fell on deaf ears. The Amalthean threw her in his gunny bag and started his way to the Royal Palace. Red tried to plead with him along the way, but he refused to let her go. She knew she had to try a different approach, or she would die. “If you are a good Amalthean, you would
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This story, in various different versions, was told in various European countries, with French peasants telling the story as early as the 14th century. However, these were all oral accounts. The earliest known printed version of the story was also based on French tradition and published in a book by Charles Perrault in the late 17th century.
The wolf is unable to eat the little girl at that juncture due to which, he asks her about her destination. The little girl in her innocence informs him about her grandma’s home where he reaches and eats his grandma’s before her arrival. Later on posing to be her grandma’s he also eats the little girl (Perrault, 2006).
Sometimes, they turn out to be didactic and they often are thus, reactionary. Important in the maintenance of the status quo in matters regarding the political arrangement of a country and gender, these stories have generated great interest in many generations as a result of the magnetism of the plot of the tale.
The author has put forward a subtle and mocking criticism of the mainstream social discourse that created a story of the kind of Little Red Riding Hood. Virtues that were seen as adorable and appropriate in a girl, or a woman, like obedience and keeping oneself to safe paths, have been thrown away by the Riding Hood of Dahl.
A lot has been said about Little Red Riding and many authors mainly with the same moral teaching to the female gender have rewritten this fairy tale. This is because of their vulnerability to the society. Most of the fairy tales were meant to promote an upright culture within the society.
As she walks through the forest, she falls prey to her own desires and talks to a completely stranger wolf even though she has been strictly warned against it. She goes as far as telling him everything related to her journey including the
Since the forest was infested by many dangerous animals, her mother said to her “My little sweet girl stay away from strangers, and don’t talk to them” and the girl replied “Don’t worry mom, I will be safe.” While