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Little Red Riding Hood Political Cartoon

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD AND THE FOUR WOLVES
Title: КРАСНАЯ ШАПОЧКА И ЧЕТЫРЕ ВОЛКА
Translated Title: LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD AND THE FOUR WOLVES
Artist: Рис. Кукрыниксы
Date: (1937)
http://libraries.ucsd.edu/speccoll/lampooningtheright/index.html

This is a political cartoon portraying Little Red Riding Hood and the four bad wolves. The four wolves represents different Countries. The three big wolves represent German, Italian and Japanese leadership. The small wolf represents Spanish nationalists. On little Red Riding Hood the letters on her skirt are Russian meaning peace. On the paper sticking out of Little Red Riding hood is the agreement that did not allow the Spanish to purchase weapons. The weapons under the bed mean they restricted anyone else from getting arms except for the soviets. It is interesting that the Japanese Wolf is in included because Japan was not involved in the Spanish War. This Political Cartoon is Soviet Propaganda. I think this cartoon does a good job representing each countries leadership using the size of the Wolves. This cartoon informs the audience about Soviet control and the people the soviets were allied with. Part of this cartoon represents the desire for peace the citizens want in Russia.

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Grimm Snow White Version Compared to Anne Sextons version

In both the Grimm’s Snow White Version and Anne Sexton’s version of Snow White the Queen and Snow White are in conflict. The main difference between Anne Sexton Version and the Grimm tale version is Sextons version of Snow White refers to a lot of pop culture. She is very direct and adds her own interpretation about Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. In the poem she refers to the sexual awakening using animals. “The birds called out lewdly, talking like pink parrots, and the snakes hung down in loops each a noose for her sweet white neck. Sextons interpretation of the sexual awakening she uses more modern ideas to explain the sexual awakening. She uses pop culture to make the version of Snow White funnier. In Sextons poem there is time, in the Grimm’s version it is timeless. Sexton talks about the transitional length, she mentions the prince came in June. “ A prince came one June day and would not budge”(Sexton). As the queen dies sexton uses pop culture as she tells the death of the queen. “Red hot in iron shoes, in the manner of red hot roller skates, clamped upon her feet”(Sexton). I like sextons version of Snow White better because she uses pop culture. It is not the same old boring version. She uses words and ideas that keep me interested. In both the Grimm tale and Sextons version of Snow White the queen has hatred towards Snow White because the queens magic looking glass told her Snow White was prettier. The queen is extremely jealous of Snow White and will do whatever it takes to kill Snow White. The queen forces the huntsman to kill Snow White as she goes into the forest. However the huntsman does not have it in him to kill a beautiful child. So instead he lets her go into the forest and kills a boar instead. He takes the lungs and heart out of the boar it gives it to the queen. The queen thinks she has devoured Snow Whites internal organs. Therefore she goes back to the mirror and ask the same question and the mirror responds back “ you my queen may have a beauty quite rare but beyond the mountains where the seven dwarfs dwell, Snow White is thriving and within the realm she is still a thousand times more fair”. The queen is extremely angry with this so she attempts to kill Snow White three different times. The first time she dresses up as an old woman who offers pretty laces. The second time she dresses up as a old peasant woman and offers pretty combs and the third time she is in disguise she offers Snow White a poisonous apple. Snow White asks the dwarves if she can stay and sleep at their house and in exchange she will do the cooking and cleaning. The dwarves are over joyed and are happy with this. They warn Snow White not to open the door to anyone, but since Snow Whites desires are too close to the queens temptations she opens the door three different times and ends up dieing from the poisonous apple. When the dwarves realize she is gone they put her in a glass coffin on the top of a mountain. The prince asks the dwarfs if he could have her as a gift and tells the dwarves he will cherish her and treat her as the dearest possession. As they carry her up the mountain in the coffin they stumble over some shrubs and the jolt caused the poisoned piece of apple that Snow White had eaten to come out of her mouth. Then she wakes up and lives happily ever after with her prince.

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