This is rough as hell cos I’m crap at photoshop but this is my final lino print. Charles Perrault’s translation of the story of Little Red Riding Hood is what my whole degree show is based on and I’m really proud of how everything’s going, even though it is several weeks late. It’s exciting being productive and making stuff all the time and I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to realise it. This happens at the end of every project and I’m hoping I can keep this going past graduation.
Beauty and the Beast concept art
“Red Riding Hood” by lardicake
I’ve reblogged this before, I think. Or something similar. It’s still pretty cool.
The first link is by Charles Perrault, whose Little Red dies by wolf. The version I read is by the Grimm Brothers, which features the Woodsman and Little Red survives. Even the latter is slightly different in that there are two wolves who attack Little Red (one in a post script after the main story ends.)
As someone who is super close to their grandmother, this story means to me that you should pay attention to them and don’t take them for granted. And you should probably be able to tell if your grandma is being impersonated by a wolf.
I wonder what Little Red’s name was before her grandmother made her that cape.
What kind of diet for a sick elderly woman is cakes and wine (even if cake is like, bread, or something, can’t she gets some veggies or something)?
Red meets the wolf and isn’t scared. Wolfie asks a bunch of questions, including sketchy questions like: “What have you got in your apron?” [and thus the analogy of wolf to rapist is cemented?] Red is a motormouth and tells him exactly where her grandmother lives.
Wolfie distracts her with flowers and birdsong while he makes his getaway and eats grandma up! Then he puts on her clothes and waits for Red. Why not just spring on Red? Why dress as the grannie? Creepy much? Red arrives, alerted that something is off when the door is open (he had time to put on her clothes, but not close the door?)
Perrault’s version ends with the famous back and forth:
“Grandmother, what big arms you have!”8
“All the better to hug you with, my dear.”
“Grandmother, what big legs you have!”
“All the better to run with, my child.”
“Grandmother, what big ears you have!”
“All the better to hear with, my child.”
“Grandmother, what big eyes you have!”
“All the better to see with, my child.”
“Grandmother, what big teeth you have got!”
“All the better to eat you up with.”
And, saying these words, this wicked wolf fell upon Little Red Riding Hood, and ate her all up.9
The Grimm Brothers continue on. A nearby woodsman stops by to check in on grannie, sees wolfie, who he’s been looking for. He cuts wolfie open and pulls out grannie and Red. [of course ignoring the biology of having two whole persons in the stomach of a wolf. Maybe that’s why Perrault ended where he did.]
Red gets stones and they fill wolfie’s belly. Did he not die from having his insides ripped open?!!!? Wolfie takes the skin as a trophy, grannie eats the cakes, and Red promises not to wander off.
The Grimm Brothers add a PS. Red meets another wolf in the future, this one meaner and scarier, but Red doesn’t fall for his tricks. He follows her and gets on the roof. They know he’s there, so they cook sausages in the pot, tempting him to the chimney, where he falls in. Wonder who told who first, Red and Grannie or the Three Little Pigs (who probably live down the road).