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    Two versions of a fairy tale

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    Perrault, "Little Red Riding Hood"
    Brothers Grimm, "Little Red Cap"
    1. Read the Perrault and Grimm versions of the Red Riding Hood fairy tale.
    2. Answer questions 1, 2, and 3. Make sure you use specific details and quotes from the stories to support your answers.
    Question1: Does Red Riding Hood seem basically the same in both Perrault's version and the Grimm's version? Refer to specific details from both texts.
    Question2: In Perrault tale, the wolf persuades Red Riding Hood to take off her clothes and get into bed with him. In the Grimm's account the wolf jumps up from the bed and eats her. How significant is this difference between the two versions?
    Question 3: in Perrault's version, Red Riding Hood and her grandmother die. The Grimm's, on the other hand, have them rescued. Do you therefore see these two versions as putting forth different views of life? Explain.

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    Commentary on both stories, which will help you understand the implications behind each version of the tale, and which would make good, scholarly references for any paper you might eventually write:

    www.longlongtimeago.com/llta_fairytales_redridinghood.html

    http://classiclit.about.com/cs/productreviews/fr/aa_redridinghoo.htm

    http://www.answers.com/topic/little-red-riding-hood

    Text of both tales: http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0333.html

    Question1: Does Red Riding Hood seem basically the same in both Perrault's version and the Grimm's version? Refer to specific details from both texts.

    The two versions of the story are similar only in that they use a naïve little girl, who was quite appropriately warned by her loving mother before being dispatched on her errand, dallying in the forest, her sickly grandmother and an evil character, the wolf to tell the story. Otherwise, the two stories are quite dissimilar. In the Perrault version of the tale, the girl takes off her clothes and gets into bed with the wolf before she is eaten, and in the Grimm Brothers' tale, she is "merely" eaten. In the Perrault version, the girl and her grandmother both perish, eaten by the wolf. In the Brothers Grimm version, even thought the wolf ate them both, both the girl and her grandmother are miraculously redeemed by the salvation of the woodsman/woodcutter, and the evil wolf is appropriately ultimately punished. The ending and ...

    Solution Summary

    Coompare and contrast two versions of the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, one by the Brothers Grimm and one by Perrault, for meaning, lessons taught and morals portrayed.

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