For my three collective stories I have chosen to draw from King Arthur, A Spanish retelling of Little Red Riding Hood translated to English, and a popular modern fiction book, The Infernal Devices. The first story I chose was the retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.
In this retelling of the classic tale Little Red Riding Hood, instead of depicting the wolf as a deceitful, manipulating, and menacing entity the two authors a daughter and a father portray the wolf as a concerned mother looking for her wolf cubs who have wandered off. Little Red Riding Hood comes into the picture when she finds the baby wolves as she is going to her grandmothers house and just so happens to have a bottle of milk the lost and confused wolves need. For the rest of the tale Red Ridding Hood tries to find the wolves’ mother and return them to her safe and sound. I am using this retelling because in my retelling of Romulus and Remus, the she-wolf Lupa is going to play a much bigger role than she does in the original legend. This retelling of Little Red Riding Hood relates to my retelling because while wolves do need to occasionally be aggressive and teach their young how to hunt for themeselves there is a compassionate, maternal instinct that is always present.
Sanz, Blanca and Sanz, Carlos. “Caperucita Roja y El Lobo…. Feroz?” Madrid. 2003. Web. 11 Feb. 2016 http://www.wolfcountry.net/information/myth_stories/LRRH_SP.html
The next story I chose is The Infernal Devices. The Infernal Devices is the prequel to the wildly popular young adult fiction series The Mortal Instruments written by Cassandra Clare. In this story there are two worlds that exist one being the Mundane (Human) world and the other The Shadow World. Humans are completely unaware of the Shadow World and the Shadowhunters would very much like to keep it that way. Shadowhunters are a race of half human half angelic warriors tasked with protecting humanity and peaceful denizens of the Shadow World from demonic invasion. The first Shadowhunter, Jonathan recognized the need for someone to protect humanity from demonic influence. With this in mind he summoned and pleaded with the Archangel Raziel to bestow upon him and future generations of his children the power to dispel humans. Raziel, recognizing his noble and sincere ambition, agreed and mixed his angelic blood with Jonathan’s in a Mortal Cup. From that point on all descendants of Jonathan became anointed with angelic abilities. While Shadowhunters have angelic blood, they themselves are still mortal and thus susceptible to any form of death. As I mentioned before Shadowhunters not only protect humanity but also other denizens of the Shadow World. These other entities are known as Downworlders. Downworlders are the result of near demonic possession of humans but not quite. They are the classic well-known Werewolves, Vampires, Fairies, etc. Among these Downworlders there is a group of werwolves dedicated to protecting and fighting for the interests of other Downworlders and maintaining the peace against rouge or turned Downworlders along with the Shadowhunters: The Praetor Lupus. I chose to analyze this group because it is a group of werewolves that are not bloodthirsty and ruthless, but that seek peace and understand the need for aggression as a last resort. In my retelling of Romulus and Remus, both Romulus and Remus are going to survive, and both are going to be noble, wise leaders that do not constantly resort to violence as a means to end conflict. The praetor lupus connects with my retelling because Praetor is the root of Praetorian, who were the guards to Roman emperors for centuries.
Clare, Cassandra. The Infernal Devices Trilogy. New York City: Simon & Schuster, 2013. Print
For my last collective story, I have chosen King Arthur retold as The Once and Future King by T.H. White. The story of King Arthur is a classic rags to riches story of a boy who is at first unfamiliar of his lineage but grows to become one of the best kings in the realm of Camelot. Since most people already know the story I don’t believe I have to go into too much detail. I chose to incorporate elements of this story into my own retelling because after all Romulus and Remus are two children who at first are unaware of their lineage but go on to found the glorious city of Rome. However in my version they will be compassionate, wise, and down to earth rulers rather than ruling through intimidation and dominance.
T.H., White. The Once And Future King. England: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1958. Print