Little Red Ridinghood

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For some light relief, after that, at least at the conscious level. Our unconscious roams about the ancestral forest, still….




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Actually, I’ve looked at Doré, Rackham and other illustrators – can find few that are not alarming…or grim…



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In the earliest versions of the tale, Little Red Ridinghood escapes by her own good self. In any version, there is a Happy Ending.

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Perrault, naturally, gives a Moral. Pertinent today:


Moral: 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. I say “wolf,” but there are various kinds of wolves. There are also those who are charming, quiet, polite, unassuming, complacent, and sweet, who pursue young women at home and in the streets. And unfortunately, it is these gentle wolves who are the most dangerous ones of all.

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2 Responses to Little Red Ridinghood

  1. All of these are such wonderful illustrations!


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