Sunday, January 2, 2011

James Thurber's Little Girl and the Wolf

Another interpretation of LRRH where Little Red shoots the wolf instead of being the victim-only this one is not quite as modern, being from 1940. Therefore it might not be quite as feministic as reflecting a time when America had just gotten through a Depression and was on the verge of war; people were disillusioned and not as naive, as the moral indicates.

"One afternoon a big wolf waited in a dark forest for a little girl to come along carrying a basket of food to her grandmother. Finally a little girl did come along and she was carrying a basket of food. "Are you carrying that basket to your grandmother?" asked the wolf. The little girl said yes, she was. So the wolf asked her where her grandmother lived and the little girl told him and he disappeared into the wood.
When the little girl opened the door of her grandmother's house she saw that there was somebody in bed with a nightcap and nightgown on. She had approached no nearer than twenty-five feet from the bed when she saw that it was not her grandmother but the wolf, for even in a nightcap a wolf does not look any more like your grandmother than the Metro-Goldwyn lion looks like Calvin Coolidge. So the little girl took an automatic out of her basket and shot the wolf dead.
(Moral: It is not so easy to fool little girls nowadays as it used to be)"
From Fables for Our Time by James Thurber, New York 1940
Text available here, image by Wendy D. Stolyarov

1 comment:

  1. One ofmy favourite stories, it has such deep meanings I feel. This looks good. Thanks.