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It is pretty obvious that the red cape Gramma gave to Little Red Riding Hood marks her as a scarlet woman or at least sexually interested. Little Red is having sexual feelings and her community is telling her to stay on the safe path. Gramma, playing the Crone, gives her a red cape so the wolf will find her and shake up her world.
I have often thought you’d have to be pretty naive to think a wolf is your gramma just because it is wearing her nightcap and glasses and in her bed. Then again, Little Red has been told to deny her intuition (the following of her sexual awakening) and accept the guidance of her community. She denies her intuition all the time. Why should this be any different? Maybe this was Gramma’s intention all along when she made the red cape and gave it to her granddaughter.
The fact is the wolf IS potentially dangerous. He has really big teeth. He could rip her apart with his claws. He could coldly use her to satisfy his animal lust. The point is, Little Red cannot overpower the wolf in hand to hand combat and if this was her only source of power she bloody well better stick to the safe path. But she has another power. A feminine power. She has her intuition. When Little Red Riding Hood learns to trust her intuition, she can tell the difference between a joyfully exciting wolf who she can invite into her house (see David Kaplan short), and a bad wolf. Thanks Gramma.
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According to my research (I love this line in The Magic Schoolbus! It’s so Hermione Granger.) there is a book written by Laura Kready written in 1916 that explores the essence of Fairy Tales. I loved this list of 11 features she says occur in fairy tales. Here it is, keep it in mind if you are trying to write your own fairy tale:
1. FTs (Fairy Tales) are filled with aspects of family or familiar life. Not too much variety.
2. There is a surprise that stands out from the familiar such as a peculiar child in an ordinary environment.
3. FTs must include things that bring joy such as sex, songs, food, hugs, jewels, colors, flowers, dancing, beauty…
4. There is everyday magic such as talking animals, wishes and imaginations that come true.
5. Material objects symbolizing love and beauty occur in the environment such as crafts that celebrate the beauty of nature, family heirlooms, hand crafted furniture.
6. Experiencing novel experiences that don’t come with all the baggage of normal life. Curiosity invoking adventures rather than fear driven adventures.
7. Action for the joy of movement such as dancing, skipping, playing or the magnificence of a horse galloping.
8. Humour that celebrates the human spirit.
9. Na overall feeling of simplicity and sincerity.
10. Celebration of the small.
11. A strong unifying central message that appeals to emotions.
I’ve taken an interest in fairy tales and I’m going to write some blogs on what I’m learning about them.
The word fairy originally was a reference to enchantment. It wasn’t a tiny humanoid form at all. That made me wonder what the actual definition of enchantment is. I googled it and found it is described as the art of changing hearts, minds and actions. It is magic, such as the alchemy, that transports people to another time and space emotionally. It is a feeling or place of wonder and delight.
Fairy tales were told around the kitchen table , and while washing by the creek for centuries. They are peasant stories unlike the mythic stories of the gods. They became popular in French parlors in the 1600’s when people like Perrault and the Grimms Bothers began to write them down. Dasen translated Norse tales in the 1800 and Anderson made up new fairy tales such as The Ugly Duckling around this time. Some say all fairy tales actually originated in India such as the Tales of the Arabian Nights. Yet, some Egyptian tales of 2000 BCE have the qualities of a fairy tale.
Fairy Tales are stories of joy, being authentic and knowing personal freedom. They provide a guide towards a happy ending. Some versions of Fairy Tales have been adjusted to warn people that the way to happiness is to follow the rules of patriarchy. I think this detracts from their original message. I would recommend finding the oldest version of a tale in order to find it’s most interesting messages.