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Charles Perrault must have been as charming a fellow as a man could meet. He was one of the best-liked personages of his own great age. It is odd that Charles Perrault should be remembered for dispraising ancient authors as well as for his collection of fairy tales, whose authors are, ultimately. PDF | Charles Perrault's tale Les Fées (The Fairies) appeared for the first time in in the Contes de ma mère l'Oye (Tales of Mother Goose).
For Carter, cautionary tales and not imagination truly help children cope with the trials of life and the real enough dangers of the world. While the paragraph divisions facilitate reading by a child, the use of racy dialogue and emphatic punctuation also anticipates its oral delivery by an adult.
Carter in Perrault, 13 14When she translates the tale, Carter then seeks to give an effect of orality and presence that anticipates its performance and fosters identification with the heroine, but also suggests playful if disquieting confusions between the grandmother as storyteller and the wolf.
The complication of clear-cut oppositions and well-defined roles allowed by impersonation draws attention to the situation presented in the tale itself, whereby a mother and a grandmother demonstrate their inadequacy to protect the child they supposedly love so much 8. The possibilities opened up by role-switching, substitutions and conflated identities would become a central strategy in The Bloody Chamber.
The plot arises from the interaction of the wolf and his hunger, and the child and her ingenuity. No child reared on these austere and consummately constructed narrative forms is going to be easily fobbed off with slipshod stream-of-consciousness techniques, or overheated poetic diction. This correspondence of style to plot including its abrupt denouement becomes a central source of experiment in the rewritings.
These new and thought-provoking combinations and complications of the constitutive elements of the tale including its textual and metatextual dimensions aim to delight her adult readers but also to develop their skills to survive in a harsh and cruel world, and their ability to interpret its deceptive, ambiguous signs.
Similarly, she resorts to strong contrastive conjunctions to clarify meaning and mimic the oppositional logic which she sees at work in the tale. She also takes pains to provide explanations to the young reader, especially when the famous chaperon is introduced: This good woman made her a red hood like the ones that fine ladies wear when they go riding ibid.
Another problem of course is that the girl is ignorant of danger and of wolves in particular. To reinforce this, Carter adds to the description of the girl playing in the wood that she was late because she dawdled along a word with negative connotations of idleness and laziness. The book is intended for children but these children seen as apprentice adults and the succinct brutality of the traditional tale is modified by the application of rationality.
The wolf consumes Red Riding Hood; what else can you expect if you talk to strange men, comments Perrault briskly. We must learn to cope with the world before we can interpret it.
More importantly, Carter redefines the cautioning message in the Moral so as to make the sexual dimension of the threat fully understandable to adult reader only.
In her turn, the translator seeks to convey a messageof worldly wisdom which could be summarized as follows: modern, talkative and spoilt girls whose taste for pretty but inappropriate clothes is encouraged by mothers and grandmothers are at risk because they live in ignorance of the dangerous desires of cynical i. And she goes on to modernise their message as follows 12 : Moral Children, especially pretty, nicely brought-up young ladies, ought never to talk to strangers; if they are foolish enough to do so, they should not be surprised if some greedy wolf consumes them, elegant red riding hoods and all.
Now, there are real wolves, with hairy pelts and enormous teeth; but also wolves who seem perfectly charming, sweet-natured and obliging, who pursue young girls in the street and pay them the most flattering attentions.
Unfortunately, these smooth-tongued, smooth-pelted wolves are the most dangerous beasts of all.
Perrault, 28, emphasis mine 25Carter shifts from verse to prose, and her style is deliberately prosaic, matter-of-fact and even brutal in its directness, and she gives a humorous touch to the grim ending typical of English humour.
By addressing children and especially young ladies whom she refers to as foolish, Carter transforms the meaning of the tale into a typical 20th century warning which reflects changing concerns and perceptions of the danger faced by children in the modern world.
While for Perrault the danger lay in the bedchamber where high society women used to receive their guests, for Carter it has shifted to the open space of the modern city where wandering children are at risk. No sooner had she reached the spring than she saw a magnificently dressed lady, who came out of the woods towards her and asked for a drink. This was the same fairy who had appeared to her sister, but she was now disguised as a princess in order to see how far this girl's bad manners would go.
Yes, that's just what I think! Have a drink, if you must! In return for your lack of courtesy I grant that for every word you speak a snake or a toad shall drop out of your mouth. As she spoke two vipers and two toads fell from her mouth. Her sister is the cause of this. She will pay for it! The king's son met her on his way home from hunting, and noticing how beautiful she was, he asked her what she was doing there all alone, and why she was crying.
He begged her to tell him how this came about, and she told him the whole story.
The king's son fell in love with her, and considering that such a gift as had been bestowed upon her was worth more than any dowry that he might receive from someone else, he took her to his father's royal palace, where he married her. As for her sister, she made herself so hateful that her own mother drove her out of the house. No one would take in the miserable girl, so at last she went into a corner of the woods and died.
Moral: Diamonds and gold coins may Work some wonders in their way; But a gentle word is worth More than all the gems on earth. Another Moral: It's a trouble to be kind, Often it will bring you good When you least believed it could.
Johnson Dodd Mead and Company, Translations of the verse morals are from Perrault's Fairy Tales, translated by S. Littlewood London: Herbert and Daniel, Translations revised by D. Les contes de Perrault.