A Different Approach to Understanding Little Red Riding Hood Essay

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Bill Wright English 101 10 February, 2011 Marcus Corbett Gustave Dore painted a black and white illustration of Little Red Riding Hood in 1867. In this particular illustration the young girl is in the bed with a wolf, staring at him with an inquisitive look. The wolf appears to think he is going to have her for a snack, as he clenches the covers with his paws. Surrounding them is a headboard made of wood which is behind them and an off white curtain that has been pushed to the side. The mood of this painting is created by the tension of the wolf and girl, the dark and dreary background and the appearance of the bed. The girl is looking at the wolf as if she already knows her destiny. She notices his long stout nose, his hairy complexion and his long sharp claws. She clutches the sheet up to her chin on one side of her body as if at any moment he could lunge at her. Her eyes are illuminated with distraught that at any moment she could become her furry companion’s next meal. He wears a nightcap trying to mask his identity, but the young girl is able to see right through the façade. The wolf’s eyes cut like a dagger as if he is trying to warn the young girl of what is about to happen. The depressing wooden wall behind the bed and the off white curtain that is disarrayed as if the wolf hastily jumped into bed—disguised as perhaps another person. The pillows behind them seem to be fluffy and light and the sheets abundant. The bed is very small, so small, that wolf won’t have far to jump, if he has to jump at all. There is very little space that the little girl could escape. The off white curtain seems to be very lengthy; this would be to the wolf’s advantage. She looks as if at any moment the wolf would nudge her and she would fall on the floor, making herself the prey to the wolf. The mood of this painting is created by the tension of the wolf and girl, the

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