Thursday, October 30, 2014

Blog Entry 8

"Little Red Riding Hood" by Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs 
Instead of finding a cartoon with the theme of “Little Red Riding Hood,” I chose an interesting song that conveys a different message but still involves the same theme. The song is called “Little Red Riding Hood” by Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs. I would say that this song is more of a social type of song over political because it is not concerning anything about a party or groups in politics.
            I really like this song just because you can imagine your own cartoon for it. Also, it has a different type of ending and message than that of the Grimm version of the fairy tale and in the movie “Hoodwinked.” In the Grimm version, the wolf is set out to be the bad guy. The wolf symbolizes the lustful thoughts of a man or sexual predator - when analyzing the Grimm tale. The wolf is set out to be a predator and someone who Little Red Cap does not trust because he stray her away from the path into the forest to her grandmother’s house. However, in the end, a hunter cut open the wolf when he ate the grandmother and Little Red Cap and was outwitted by the three characters thus ending up dead.  But the wolf in the movie “Hoodwinked” is actually a very determinate, bold, and just a good guy who has a heart more than just being hungry. He is willing to help and protect the other characters in the movie, including saving Red and helping to rescue her Granny. This movie also had a happy ending but the wolf was just more of a good character.
            In the song by Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs, they focus on how people have already made their interpretations of the wolf as a horrible, hungry, flesh eating wild animal. They use this social aspect of the wolf to explain how, in reality, he is just understood as a monster but not as an animal with feelings. In the beginning of the song, the singer describes the setting of the story “Little Red Riding Hood.” They still cover the main plot and theme of the girl encountering the wolf and him following her to grandmother’s house. During the song, they describe eyes, lips, and heart. But instead of describing the ears, hands, and mouth of the wolf, the artist depicts the lips and eyes of the little girl and how that lures such a bad creature toward her. Then they just describe how big the heart is of the wolf because he really is not looking for someone to eat like in the Grimm version with his big mouth.
“What a big heart I have-the better to love you with. Little Red Riding Hood, even bad wolves can be good. I'll try to be satisfied just to walk close by your side. Maybe you'll see things my way before we get to grandma's place.”
            In short, this song just focuses on how the wolf does not want to be seen as the bad wolf. He does care and he just wants Little Red Riding Hood to understand that he is not like the rest of the wolves out there. This could symbolize men and their treatment towards women. Some women view men as pigs and predators and because of their past experiences with some men, they think this is how all men act. But the wolf is trying to get his point across that he is not like “everyone.” Just like how some men try to prove to women that they are not like the other guys they have been with. Some men actually do have a heart like the wolf in the song.

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