Paper Title

[3.1] The Role of the Male and Patriarchy in Grimms' 'Little Red Riding Hood'

Location

Arts & Education Building 208, Moderated by Dr. Robin Tapley

Disciplines

Children's and Young Adult Literature | History | Other Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Philosophy

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Grimms’ Little Red Riding Hood was written during a time in history when women were the property of their fathers until they were of marriageable age, at which point they became the property of their husbands. There was no question that males held the primary power in the household, and in society. We see the theme of patriarchy presented very clearly in Grimms’ Little Red Riding Hood, namely through the presence of a strong male saviour like the huntsman, the masculine role of the wolf, and in more subtle symbols such as the gifts in Little Red Riding Hood’s basket that she is to deliver to her grandmother.

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[3.1] The Role of the Male and Patriarchy in Grimms' 'Little Red Riding Hood'

Arts & Education Building 208, Moderated by Dr. Robin Tapley

Grimms’ Little Red Riding Hood was written during a time in history when women were the property of their fathers until they were of marriageable age, at which point they became the property of their husbands. There was no question that males held the primary power in the household, and in society. We see the theme of patriarchy presented very clearly in Grimms’ Little Red Riding Hood, namely through the presence of a strong male saviour like the huntsman, the masculine role of the wolf, and in more subtle symbols such as the gifts in Little Red Riding Hood’s basket that she is to deliver to her grandmother.