In class we have discussed the functions of repetition and simple language in fairy tales, taking the Grimm Brothers’ “Little Red Cap” as an example: telling the same story over and over in simple, straightforward language imbues the tale with a sense of permanence, naturalness, and facticity. Your assignment is to analyze how Angela Carter’s “The Company of Wolves” and Tanith Lee’s “Wolfland” use language to challenge the “natural” “facts” of the Grimms’ “Little Red.” You may take into consideration Charles Perrault’s “Little Red Riding Hood” as well, but this is not required. Your essay must include a discussion of the title and the final sentence of both Carter’s and Lee’s tales.
In developing your analysis, you may wish to consider some (or all) of the following:
Gender roles
Pedagogical agenda
Structure and tone of each tale

Essay length: 1500-1750 words total: approximately 5 pages, typed, double-spaced, 11- or 12-point font, margins 1.25 inches (300-350 words per page, 1500-1750 words total). Do not use wide margins, large headers, or large font to fill up space! We will look at word counts, rather than number of pages, to determine essay length.

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The choice of language used by authors can convey specific meaning for the target audience. The choice of words, the tone and the structure of language chosen by the author determines the image that forms in in the minds of the readers. In the Brothers Grimm “Little Red Riding Hood” repetition is used to help readers remember the important events of the story. Additionally, Grimm brothers use simple and straightforward words to present certain things as facts. Carter and Lee deviates from the approach taken by the Grimm brothers to present a completely different theme to the story. Both Carter and Lee, in their stories tiled “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Wolfland,” respectively, use complicated language to make readers think different about the gender issue and the place of women in the society. In this paper, the different language approach used by Carter and Lee are analyzed to understand how the two authors used the same original story to completely change the way readers things that Grimm brothers considered factual and natural.

Angela Carter’s “The Company of Wolves” is a story that retells the story of the “Red Riding Hood fairytale.” However, in the story, Carter shows a clear departure from the story, and hence shifting the central storyline from the typical fairytale structure. By departing from this known standard structure, Carter explores a new character of Red Riding Hood who is portrayed as a strong, independent and more rounded character, which is a big contrast from the character in the original tale....

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