Angela Carter’s ‘The Werewolf’

What interests me the most about the live story telling is its dark twist behind it; it reminded me of the short stories in Angela Carter’s ‘The Bloody Chamber’. One story in particular that came to mind was ‘The Werewolf’, as alike the ‘Into the Forest’ storytelling it references the renowned fairy tale ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. In ‘The Werewolf’ the character of Little Red Riding Hood is very different from our pre-exposed ideas of a young, defenceless girl visiting her Grandmother. This Red Riding Hood wore a “scabby coat of sheepskin” and carries her “Father’s hunting knife”, which she is skilled in using. She is cold-hearted and malicious “slashing” off the right forepaw of a wolf, that later in the story she finds to be her Grandmother’s right hand. It is made apparent that Grandma is a werewolf, a shapeshifter, a witch. In the “northern country; they have cold weather, they have cold hearts” and hence when a woman is found to be a witch “they stone her to death”. This woman is her Grandmother, however this Little Red Riding Hood does not think twice about “beating her old carcass as far as the edge of the forest”.
I would like to create an illustration that turns the stereotype of Little Red Riding Hood completely on its head. A like ‘The Werewolf’ she too will be a bloodthirsty character; not a child any longer but a young woman, able to fend for herself. She will not wear a red hood, or sheepskin, but the head of the wolf she’s slain. More animal than human, she will take on the qualities of the wolf, rather than the innocent child. 


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