Saturday, February 23, 2013

Blog 4: Lil Red

This is the comic strip that I found online that I definitely liked the most. First of all, I find it pretty funny and clever. And c'mon, who doesn't like Rugrats? Anyways, one thing that I think is very interesting is how this cartoon shows how fairy tales can change from person to person and culture to culture. Granted, there are very big implications to the meaning behind the red clothing of the girls and the wolf being the antagonist, but I believe that this cartoon does a good job of showing how the archetypes can be constant while the zeitgeist can still influence the story to fit into different times and cultures. In this comic, the idea that a girl is going on a journey with a basket full of food and she runs into an animal stays the same. However, what changes is her location and the animal she encounters. For say an Arab nomadic tribe, the story might make more sense talking about the open desert, a place that could be known as a dangerous area with no water and usually no people for protection. However, a European person would definitely relate better to the forest idea because there is mystery and danger within forests, especially off of the path. From just all of the different versions we read of Little Red we can see that though it is presented here in this comic as a joke, it is not too far off that the same story could be told in completely different settings while still communicating the same message.

Picture: (Written by: Scott Gray. Illustrated by: Kyle Baker)

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