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Readers understand the warnings of adolescence in Perraults Frances and Jordans version of Little Red Riding Hood The timeless old tale of a little girl meeting a wolf on her way to grannys house has been passed down through oral tradition from one generation to the next Little Red Riding Hood has existed for centuries and has even predated the first literary version put forward by Charles Perrault in 1697 Since then this story is continually being told to children everywhere We have also seen many film adaptations including Jordan and Carters controversial The Company of Wolves In comparing the sexual and moral aspects of Perraults Little Red Riding Hood Frances The False Grandmother and Jordans The Company of Wolves readers are left with an understanding that there are many warnings that one should consider when entering adolescence Sexuality plays a significant role in many versions of Little Red Riding Hood There are three types of versions that will be analyzed an oral story a written interpretation and lastly a film adaptation The first to be analyzed is an oral story Oral tradition is the transmission of cultural items from one member of a culture to another or others Those items are heard stored in memory and when appropriate recalled at the moment of subsequent transmission Rosenberg 31 In Frances oral story there are hints as to the role that sexuality plays For example the wolf is presented as a sexual wicked creature You must be Do come to bed with me And the girl climbed into bed with the wolf Ashlimen 9-10 Oral stories are intended to be dramatic told with elaborate physical movements and strong emotions As such the storyteller would stress certain parts of this story particularly the sexual aspect so as to reveal the moral and also to entertain the audience The best stories oral as well as written say the least while evoking the most There
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