The BIG BAD WOLF ARCHETYPE in folk tales.
Forest by lukpazera
In both Little Red Riding Hood, and The Wolf and the Seven Young Kids, the theme of the ravening wolf and of the creature released unharmed from its belly reflects the theme of restoration which is at least as old as Jonah and the Whale.
Folklorists and cultural anthropologists have seen Little Red Riding Hood in terms of solar myths and other naturally-occurring cycles, stating that the wolf represents the night swallowing the sun, and the variations in which Little Red Riding Hood is cut out of the wolf's belly represent the dawn In this interpretation, there is a connection between the wolf of this tale and Skoll or Fenris, the wolf in Norse mythology that will swallow the sun at Ragnarök
In a time when both wolves and wilderness were treated as enemies of humanity in that region and time, these fables served as a valid warning not to enter forests where wolves were known to live.
This week, let us explore the theme of the predator, either real or imagined, within the lines of a poem, or follow the lines of myth, the images of restoration or the loss of innocence.
(There’s some freaky psychology behind Red Riding Hood).
One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.