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Wolves: fact or fiction

Many people are familiar with the popular fairytale "Little red riding hood". True to the original tale, Angela Carter's version "The company of wolves", wolves are portrayed in a negative and surprisingly false light. The fictional representation of wolves in Carter's version will be discussed and these deviations between fact and fiction will be considered.
There are many legends and myths about wolves but the vast majority of them neglect the truth and fortify society’s generally negative misconceptions about the creature. Angela Carter portrays wolves as evil man-eating animals. The tale of;Little red riding hood; emphasises the so-called fact that wolves cannot be trusted. The humorous side to this is that wolves are related to domestic dogs in whom some place almost all their trust, after all dogs are man;s best friend.
The very common misconception about wolves is that they are man-eating carnivores, when in fact nothing can be further from the truth. In reality wolves actually fear humans, this is based on their surprising intelligence. Wolves realise that they cannot adequately defend themselves against humans and consequently are very fearful of man. There has actually not been one reported case of a human being killed by a wolf. Carter backs up this misconception by saying that ; the wolves will eat you;.
Carter labels their howling as their ;wolfsong; and proceeds to say that when they howl it means ;you will suffer;. Wolves howl as a form of vocal communication when communicating with another pack or pack members that are far away. Carter also describes the wolves as ;cunning;, ;a ferocious carnivore; and ;devious;. In all reality wolves are wild animals, a fact that cannot be ignored. All wild animals are dangerous in their own way and one can see why people would believe that they could be man-eaters. After


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