“Once upon a time there was a sweet girl…”
Those words seem to herald a mundane, innocent story. However, throughout my research so far I found that it is anything but simple. I found three collective stories that hopefully, will help me explore the theme of forest and human complexity.
- Red Riding Hood (movie)
From what I’ve seen in the trailer, the wolf (the antagonist) is an elusive figure. The struggle seems to exist between people and not between humans and nature. Though my main topic is the forest, I think it’s important to emphasize the way that humans can project their own ideas and fears on nature. We tend to imagine danger lurking behind the trees but more often than not, it’s ignorance that clouds our judgment. Watching the movie might help me gain insight on how humans think and their dynamics with nature.
Red Riding Hood. Perf. Amanda Seyfried. Warner Bros., 2011.
- A Dryad’s Tale (Andrea Dietrich)
I stumbled across this poem and envisioned Red Riding Hood’s innocence. The poem’s subject became enamored with the forest, particularly a tree. She was mesmerized and it’s her perspective that made me think of Red Riding Hood. I imagined the same sense of love of nature that led her to fall trap to the wolf’s plan. In my project, this will help me write about her naïve character, as well as ideas about nature’s beauty.
Dietrich, Andrea. “A Dryad’s Tale.” Poetry Soup. Arczis Web Technologies Inc., 2013. Web. 10 Feb 2016
- Little Red Cap (Grimm Brothers)
The earliest printed version of the story is written by Charles Perrault. However, the huntsman – who I want to feature in my project – is featured first in the Grimm Brothers’ version. More importantly, the forest is discussed in this retelling. Essentially, nature’s beauty became the little girl’s downfall. She found temptation in the flowers, sunlight and birds. In this version, she did lose her innocence in the forest. I want to incorporate the way characters use simple, beautiful things for a sinister purpose. At times, our most innocent memories are so tainted by harsh experiences it’s almost better not to remember them at all for the sake of preserving them.
Grimm, Jacob, and Wilhelm Grimm. “Little Red Riding Hood.” Little Red Riding Hood. N.p., 15 Jan. 2015. Web. 11 Feb. 2016.