In the Company of Wolves by Angela Carter

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In Angela Carter's story, "In the Company of Wolves," she has made feminist revisions to the classic, famous fairy tale of "Little Red Riding Hood." She demonstrates that with a little updating of the story, which can be done to accommodate the present-day concepts of female living and gender roles, much can be demonstrated about the main point of the story…

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The first thing we note in Angela Carter's version is how the gender roles have changed. In this tale, Little Red Riding Hood is portrayed as a "strong-minded child"(Carter 215) who knows no fear and won't be denied. These traits are generally considered to be masculine attributes. The reason for this switch has much to do with Carter's own female empowerment views as it does with the changing social views of the time. In the olden days women were expected to stay at home and take care of the kids, as well as be responsible for the household duties like cooking and cleaning. They had no place else in society and any female caught doing otherwise was looked down on by society.
This was a point in time when it was generally agreed that people should be punished for their mistakes, a time when forgiveness was an unheard of term. This can be seen in an earlier version of Little Red Riding Hood written by Perrault, where the tale ends with the death of Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother. However, as times changed and women slowly began to move out of the household and into the working world, societies view point began to change as well. ...
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