James Thurber, Little Girl and The Wolf...


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geekWithA.45
January 29, 2003, 03:46 PM
On another forum, J. Thurber's The Little Girl and The Wolf came up, (the one where the little girl draws an automatic and shoots the wolf) so I poked around the web trying to find it.


I found it, and this miserable piece of dung:

http://www.whsd.k12.pa.us/ej/Arthla/thurber.htm



CONCERNS ABOUT VIOLENCE?

Some readers may have concerns about the little girl's use of "an automatic" to kill the big, bad wolf. In reading good literature, it is important to remember that we can appreciate great literature without resorting to any inappropriate actions that may be presented therein. James Thurber, regarded as one of America's best-known humorous writers, wrote this parody of "Little Red Riding Hood" in about 1940 and it has been considered as good literature by many since then. He wants us to take a close look at the "classic" fairy tales. The point of Thurber's story, as stated in the teacher's text, is that "Thurber is not condemning fairy tales, but he is demonstrating that fairy tales are not realistic and do not stand up to scrutiny when transposed into a modern setting. He intends the reader to admire resourceful, practical heroines." (p. 205) Please remember that we do not encourage anyone in any way to resort to violence in handling situations in the human world.



Did it ever occur to the person who wrote this, that the reasonable, appropriate, just, and moral response to someone trying to KILL YOU is to employ your sidearm?

Well, apparently not. After all, the story shows a child defending themselves, rather than being defended by the governmentally annointed.

The Little Girl and The Wolf (http://newark.rutgers.edu/%7Elcrew/quotes/picnicba.html)

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Blackhawk
January 29, 2003, 03:54 PM
The wolf wasn't resorting to violence. He was looking for lunch. She wasn't interested in that, so she was forced to resist an unwelcome assault with the most effective means available to her.

There simply wasn't any violent intent on the part of her or the wolf.

And half of the characters of the story lived happily ever after....

:rolleyes:

PATH
January 29, 2003, 03:55 PM
Have you not heard? The left in this country wants us to be victims. We are not to be allowed to defend ourselves.

Oleg, please install a barf smilie!

mec
January 29, 2003, 06:08 PM
one time thurber ran into his editorial offices which he amost never visited, went up to a proof reader,whipped out an empty .38 and yelled. " Are you the (*&*(*) who's been putting red marks all over my copy? " levels off on the guy pulls the trigger and the guy faints dead away.

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