As children, girls are taught from a very young age, perhaps right from birth, that we are expected to finish school, find a nice boy to marry, pop out 2.5 kids, and raise a family. Everything about our childhoods revolves around this. We are handed dolls to care for, and fake kitchens to play with, all in preparation fors the rest of our lives. And in some cases, we are taught that we aren’t even required to fend for ourselves, instead relying on men to come to our rescue – our “knight in shining armor.”
LRRH’s mother advises her to stay on the path, and to not wander. Could this perhaps symbolize what all girls are taught? That we need to grow up a certain way, follow a certain path to be happy in life? And in the beginning, LRRH does listen to her mother. But later on, she does deviate from the path she is advised to take.
But is there really any assurance that if LRRH had stayed on the path that she would have no encountered the Wolf? The same can be said when a girl decides that she does not want to follow the norms that society has laid out for her, choosing cars over dolls, and playing in the mud over looking pretty. There is nothing wrong with either of these choices, but society has made us believe otherwise. Stereotypes dictate everything we do in life.
There is no guarantee that if LRRH had stayed on the path to her Grandmother’s house, that the Wolf would have not attacked and eaten her and her Grandmother. But what we do learn is that you have to deal with the situations as they come. When faced with the problem of being trapped in the stomach of the Wolf, LRRH and her Grandmother were able to escape on their own. That is an important aspect of the story – teaching girls that regardless of whether they choose to follow the path laid out by society, it is still important that they know how to fend for themselves.
Created: Mar 28, 2012fabulouslyfreckled Document Media