What does the Wolf symbolize in Red Riding Hood?

Red Riding Hood is full of symbols, not the least of which is the Big Bad Wolf. To children, he may just be the sharp-toothed baddie, but in grown-up re-tellings of the classic fairy tale, the wolf symbolizes so much more. Hoogland has written a really interesting piece on the role of the wolf from a modern perspective. She takes into consideration the role of the predator, the environment and BC First Nations thought. Click here to enjoy “Who is the Wolf in Red Riding Hood?” or find it under the “About the Book” section in the menu.


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