The Little Red Riding Hood Essay

1073 Words Apr 10th, 2015 5 Pages
Fairy tales grow from the life experience and the imagination of a particular group of people. They meet four basic human needs; explain mysteries, articulate fears and dreams, impose order and also entertain. Each tale consists of a theme that goes beyond the scope of the story while using the story as a foundation and a motifs or subject matter. Within the Little Red Riding Hood tales the motif of naivety or the loss of naivety prevails. In three different versions of the tale, the Little Red Riding Hood characters naivety is developed in three very different ways. In the Perrault version, the protagonist exhibits naivety from start to finish with no middle ground. The Delarue tale presents a protagonist that loses her naivety through the trials she faces. Lastly, in the McKissack version a little girl perceived to be naive proves she is far from it by her cunning approach of survival. In each tale, naivety is lost at different paces based on the protagonists upbringing. Over-protection of the protagonist does not allow for the loss of naivety and can have disastrous consequences. The epitome of naivety is portrayed in Charles Perrault 's “Little Red Riding Hood”. Little Red Riding Hood is described as a “pretty little girl whose mother adored her, and her grandmother adored her even more” (Perrault). This description has a syrupy sweet quality that depicts a fragile, coddled child who was raised naive to the happenings of the world outside her home. Confirmation of…

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