A3Writer: M³ The Bad Ending
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Monday, March 18, 2019

M³ The Bad Ending


Red playfully—flirtatiously? —calls out the traits and submits to what will happen in the bed. This is a story about a girl wanting to be sexually active, who voluntarily removes her clothes for the experience. However, it is no less an assault as the story becomes violent. It is no longer a willing sexual encounter between two parties, but a rape. The wolf, then, really is two-faced as both a predator under the guise of someone that Red thought she could trust with such an encounter.
Modern audiences would see this as a date rape, where Red goes willingly with a companion, but the encounter suddenly turns violent. The caution is that there can be a wolf hidden within people we can seemingly trust, and to exercise care. Red thought she knew what she was doing both by speaking to the wolf and by removing her clothes. These were signals of her willingness to engage in what she thought would happen, but the reality was violent and final.
The happy ending to the story with the Woodsman rescuing Red and Grandma was not present in the early versions of the story. This was a story meant to convey just how deadly and duplicitous people can be, especially when it comes to matters of passion. The wolf, a predator, is rightly not a human being, reflecting an animal nature when it comes to sex. The story is set in the wilderness, far from civilized spaces where—ostensibly—such behaviors did not occur (though we know better).