Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Little Red
          The Little Red Riding Hood theme cartoon depicts one of the most well known scenes in any versions of Little Red Riding Hood and the illustrator does it in a very humorous way.  When arriving at the house, in the Grimm Brothers Little Red Cap, the little girl proceeds to criticize certain aspects of her "grandmothers" face and appearance.  "Oh, Grandmother, what big ears you have! Oh, Grandmother, what big hands you have! Oh, Grandmother, what a terribly big mouth you have!"  Instead of gobbling the little girl up in the cartoon however, the wolf seems almost angered at the fact that he is being criticized for his looks and is quick to insult the girl back.  We can assume with what is being said in this cartoon, that the little girl is implying that the wolf is ugly.  Most people when reading the tale, never think about how the wolf feels about such criticism.  The cartoon not only twists it around to make you think about what she is saying exactly, but it also show what the wolf feels after the comments are made, and he obviously does not leave his thoughts on her appearance out of the conversation either.  This cartoon also, in a way, makes the little girl look like the bad guy in the sense that the wolf looks hurt by what is being said about him.
          The cartoon I chose is a social cartoon.  We see in society everyday people criticizing others looks without taking the time to get to know them.  I guess what the artist may have been trying to illustrate is that we shouldn't judge a book by its cover.  Maybe if Little Red Riding Hood wouldn't have made the comments about the wolfs appearance, he wouldn't have gobbled her up.  What would have happened if she would have said he looked absolutely beautiful?  I guess we will never know.            When I saw this cartoon, I couldn't help but laugh.  I have never pictured the wolf becoming angered by what the little girl says about his appearance.  It is definitely a different way to see the story.

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