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Fairy tales derive from an oral folk-tale tradition, which means that no single original version of a fairy tale exists; instead, we are left with many versions of the same tales. Little Red Riding Hood was originally published by Charles Perrault in 1697, but the Brothers Grimm rewrote the story for their collection of fairy tales in 1812. There are key differences between the two versions.

Click on the links to Charles Perrault’s ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ (1697) and the Brothers Grimm version, ‘Red Riding Hood’ (1812). Look at both texts to compare their similarities and differences. Write a short essay examining the different beginnings and endings of the fairy tales to consider whether this influences your interpretation of the story.

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