By: Bob Gonzalez
This is I think a social cartoon. This cartoon makes 2 points, I believe. The first is that the world is not as trust worthy as it once was. That even going to sweet old grandma’s house can be a dangerous affair. While in modern times the actual wolf is not a major concern, I think that the idea Perrault expressed about the wolf actually being people to be wary of is still a major concern. This cartoon is trying to say that danger hides in all places and it is best to always be prepared, even in what appears to be a safe environment. It is essentially a social comment on the state of the world.
The other point that this cartoon is trying to make is the absurdness of this story. That a little girl is meant to face the big bad wolf, in some cases all on her own, is in it of itself silly. But for her also to confuse the wolf with her grandmother is even more ridiculous. The Friar giving her, his mace for protection shows how readers see the obvious threats presented in the story. I found that interesting the author chose to portray the little girl in a way that he assumed he wished to see her, protected and prepared for what is to come.
This comic strip made me wonder if it could represent part of what Bettelheim talks about using fairytales to work through the unconscious. The author is portraying Little Red Riding Hood with 2 male role models, while in many versions of the tale she has no male to protect and adore her. In this strip she has not only her uncle, but also the Friar, who cares enough to give her a weapon. These two men give her what the storybook Little Red Riding Hood does not have and that lack of support ultimately leads her to the arms of the wolf. I am just making a guess, but this my not have sat well with the author of the comic and so he created a world in which the opposite was true, a safe world.
I enjoyed this comic strip enough. The author actually had a few different strips about little Red Riding Hood, all of which were interesting. They all had similar themes of Little Red being prepared for the wolf. Which I thought was interesting, and goes back to what I said about the Author’s unconscious need to feel safe and protected. Overall it was an interesting interpretation especially the introduction of a religious element, with the Friar, which is absent in the real versions of Little Red Riding Hood.