A3Writer: M³ Put to Bed
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Monday, March 4, 2019

M³ Put to Bed

The story carefully shows a civil conversation with the wolf, who is a known predator of the natural world, and he goes to great lengths to deceive her before devouring her. We have to ask, however, what is Red’s part in this? There is a line within the story in Perrault’s version that is most interesting as the wolf asks Red to “Put the cake and the little pot of butter upon the stool, and come get into bed with me.”
This in itself could be quite innocent as a way to lure Red closer, but Red’s response, however, is unusual. “Little Red Riding Hood took off her clothes and got into bed.” The Wolf did not ask her to do this. The wolf made no mention of removing clothing. If this were simply her cloak and hood, which could be understandably dirtied from the travel, it would be acceptable. However, no distinction is made. It is clothes.
Red doesn’t even have the benefit of bed clothes, which the wolf is quite clearly wearing as the story states “[Red] was greatly amazed to see how her grandmother looked in her nightclothes.” If the story wanted to make the point of having Red in nightclothes, it would have done so. Instead, we’re left with the idea of a completely naked Red in bed with the wolf.
Completely naked of her own volition.