Throughout my research into these fairy tales, my opinion and interpretation began to change over time. Little Red Riding Hood comes to mind as a story that I feel completely different about. After analyzing it closely in my first paper, I definitely have a different view of the store than I did previously. I didn’t realize there was so much symbolism in the main character. In fact, many people feel the red hood she wears plays a major role in the story. While its meaning is debated among readers, it’s clear that the color was not just selected randomly. Many associate it with looming violence and bloodshed. The red cloak may also imply she is rebellious or too curious for her own good.
I also have a better appreciation for the stereotyping of women during the time period in which these fairy tales were written. After analyzing the pictures and illustrations of many of the tales, one thing appears to be clear. Many versions of the tale include stereotypical portrayals of the two women involved (Little Red Riding Hood and her mother). They are usually seen wearing aprons, which accompany traditional feminist activities such as cooking and cleaning. There is also no fatherly figure present in almost all versions of the story. The mother also gives very detailed instructions to Little Red Riding Hood on how to reach grandmother’s house. Perhaps she believes Riding Hood is incapable or reaching the destination on her own. She also reminds her daughter to be polite and “walk quietly” to her grandmothers, another hint to typical female behavior of the time.
Having read this tale as a child, these were certainly aspects I had never thought of. I think most children are this way as well. They don’t closely analyze these types of details. They are more focused on the characters themselves and any morals or life lessons the fairy tales may teach. Reading through these tales, especially Little Red Riding Hood gives you a new perspective that you may not have had in the past. The passage of time can be a factor as well. I’m sure if I were to read these tales again when I am 60 years old, I may interpret them differently again.
There are also several re-makes of classic tales coming out in theaters. These certainly give you a new perspective on the stories, and in many cases they are vastly different. One I recently watched was Snow White and the Huntsman. While the basic story stayed true to its roots, there were moments that were vastly different. It has a much darker theme and is targeted at an older audience. The dwarfs are actually a band of criminals instead of miners, and the queen has all sorts of magic at her disposal. It seems to follow the path of Snow White and the Huntsman, taking a much darker approach to the original fairy tale
We are seeing this more and more today. Fairy Tales are being re-written and re-done in the form of film. The creators are taking a more modern approach when it comes to the creation of them, and are making drastic changes to the plot and overall presentation. Many are taking a much darker approach, and focusing on a mature audience. Some recent examples include Snow White and the Hunstman, and Red Riding Hood.