Our childhoods has been nourrished by these tales “for children” and yet, we’ve only known remixed versions. The Grimm Brothers and Charles Perrault were very strong on the trashy side sometimes to denounce the true face of the world. I chose to introduce you for this first part of my analysis Snow-White and the Little Red Riding Hood. Ready to be disenchanted ? Let’s go !
Summary & Analysis
“If I had a child, white like snow, red like blood, black like ebony wood !” – The Queen, Snow-White’s Mother
We all know the Disney version, almost similar to the original one. Here is the pitch: Snow is so pretty that when her step-mother learns, through her magical mirror, that the girl is the prettiest of the kingdom, she decides to kill her.
The Snow White character is the representation of puberty. Everything started when she’s lost in the forest in a total confusion that we can picture as the important changes on our bodies during teenage years. Then she finds stability and a routine with the 7 Dwarfs, which allows her to blossom in a balanced way. It’s like when your parents channeled you with curfews and chores. Also, Snow-White has the same kind of temptations that we have behind our parents back, who represented by the Dwarfs for her. She’es been offered to things which looked beautiful and very tempting, but these things hid a real vice: the Queen’s Poison. For us, in the real world, it would be: cigarettes, drug, alcohool, and even sex!
On an other side, some dwarfs might be the image of the emotionnal fireworks we can feel during youth. The stereotypical teenager, always angry and frustrated looks like Grumpy. Sleepy will be the slakness (this burden). Doc and Dopey, two opposites, would represent the grown-up we’re becoming and the candor which remains in us. Snow-White have to live with it everyday. Not easy!
And yes, she survived puberty and grew up. In the Grimm Brothers’ first version, a Prince’s jack gives her a slap in the back because he’s sick of caring her (yup, less romantic that the Prince’s kiss), which helps her to expel the piece of apple. Regarding the Evil Queen, she is punished to dance with shoes heated by hot iron until death follows! And of course, they lived happily ever after.
Beware of these people who offer tempting things, especially when we don’t know what the world has to hide.
Transposition in our society
Now, we don’t need a crazy step-mother who talks with a mirror, social networs took over to spread the poison and extoll beautiful and futile things to the youth. Vanity can preceed fall! Snow White 2.0 is the girl who buys Fittea Tea because a TV-reality star (step-mom 2.0) promises that she’s going to loose weight. As results, she has dirrhea!
Snow Whites and Prince Charmings after the Apple
Crédits : YanissaXoxo
Little Red Riding Hood
You also know this story, even in differents versions like the Charles Perrault one (without the Lamberjack so Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother are dead for good) and the Grimm Brothers’ one where the Lamberjack comes to rescue them. Because Perrault wrote a sexist and unethical tale, we’re going to talk about the Grimm’s one.
Little Red is THE female figure. She is beautiful and seductress with her red chaperon, metaphor of sexuality but also violence. The Wolf is a predator, the figure of a strong and vicious man: he is a liar, a rapist and a murderer. He follows the steps that every streets perv’ can follow. It starts with disrespecting a girl because she wears a skirt! Please, learn how to canalize yourself. The Lamberjack is the father figure who saves the female figures. He also represents justice who condamns the Wolf for what he did. Little Red Riding Hood and GrandMother finally escape from the Wolf belly and they can start over. Way to say that we can reborn after abuse.
We learn to the kids to be afraid of power, of the attacker, of the abdutor and lots of stuff. The Evil does not always triumph over good. The good is rewarded by the justice. The tale is about being strong and smart in order to survive into this world, and caution is the parent of safety. Finally, the tale warns us about listening to our parents otherwise something bad can happen to us.
Transposition in our society
In real life, it’s worse because the Wolf doesn’t even look like a Wolf. Sometimes, you know him very well, like this friend who humiliates you everytime he sees people and says after that he is a joke! Or it ‘s the shy girl, who is for real a snake ready to steal your boyfriend from you when you help her to find love. Tell yourself payback is a b***h!Watch your back!
However, stop joking, the theme of rape and sexuality are approached in this first episode of “The truth behind our chilhood tales”. They are very sensitive subjects but they don’t have to be taboo. Those tales had a true impact on us, when we were young, and they sensitized us on very strong matters. Who has never been afraid of the Big Bad Wolf aka Candy stranger ?!
Stay connected for the next episode 😉
NB: Rapes victims, raise your voice. Don’t be ashamed, wolves have to be unmasked!