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The timeless old tale of a little girl who meets a wolf on her way to Grandmas house has been passed down through oral tradition from one generation to the next The tale of Little Red Riding Hood has existed for centuries as a warning for young disobedient girls According to what was considered socially acceptable and prudent behavior and according to the authors social and political standing the tale has undergone significant changes The story of Little Red Riding-Hood is a descendent of an early tale by French folklorist Frank Delarue This early version of the tale called The Story of Grandmother features a werewolf and a little girl who must use her wits to escape In this version the girl arrives home safely however the wolf also survives The Story of Grandmother does not depict the girl in a red cape as in later versions nor is she portrayed as na Charles Perrault wrote the first literary version of Little Red Riding-Hood in 1697 and since then there have been many adaptations of this tale including the Brothers Grimms Little Red-Cap Presenting a folktale by means of literature can be difficult in that the message of the story may not always be clearly understood by the audience In comparing the historical sexual and moral aspects of Perraults Little Red Riding-Hood and the Brothers Grimms Little Red-Cap readers are left appreciating the different means used in communicating the warnings of entering adolescence Charles Perraults version known as Little Red Riding-Hood was not written for the purpose of warning children of the dangers of the forest Rather Perrault modified the tale to entertain the royal court in 17th century France For his audience Perrault added many metaphors In adapting a gross folk tale to the more sophisticated tastes of the royal court he chose to remove all overt human aspects of his antagonist relying simply on the powerful image of the wolf as predator interloperand
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