Company Of Wolves

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“The Company of Wolves” by Angela Carter is a moralistic fairytale that retells the story of “Little Red Riding Hood”. It uses the wolves as a metaphor for men who would try to take a girl’s virginity. The denouement of the story is the girl finally giving in to the pressure of the wolves, but she feels empowered and in control of her actions. The structure of the story firstly shows how a woman is a victim of the wolves, then shows how Red Riding Hood could be a victim of the wolves, and finally ends up that she is in control and has the power in the relationship. This demonstrates the view that women should not accept the ways of men but should dictate how they behave themselves. During the first two parts of the story where women are victims the wolves are described as “beasts”, but in the final part of the story where the woman is in control the wolf is described as “tender” as if the female being more dominant has tamed the wild “beast”. “A Boy Who Cried to a Wolf” is also a moralistic fairytale and uses ideas from “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” to tell the story of how a family do not trust and do not listen to their son so he gets revenge on them by striking up a friendship with a wolf. The structure of the story is that the boy goes from mild mannered and polite to deranged and overwhelmed with revenge on his family. The figurative language used in “The Company of Wolves” to describe the wolves or their incarnations as human men is often evil or menacing, “forest assassins” and “Carnivore incarnate,” this is saying the wolf lives solely to eat meat and is particularly vicious. Other figurative language is used to describe Red Riding Hood succumbing and losing her innocence, “The thin muslin went flaring up the chimney like a magic bird.” The muslin is a pure and natural material and its disappearing up the chimney could symbolize her abandoning her
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