The Tale Of Little Red Riding Hood Essay

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The tale of Little Red Riding Hood (categorized as tale type 333--Little Red Riding Hood, or The Glutton) is one known to most children growing up; it is a narrative that has evolved epically throughout its incarnations, but at the center of the story is a story of sexual maturation which cannot be erased. By giving a young girl responsibility, we are able to see what she does with it--that is, by all logic, she squanders it on her own personal gain. The selfishness of the child, as contrasted by the danger and sexual predation of the wolf, provides a cautionary story for young girls--that is, to not “provide dinner for a wolf” (Perrault). In Little Red Riding Hood, we see several distinct types of selfishness--most notably gluttony and sexual desire--which evolve to tell particular parables. The folk tale of Little Red Riding Hood is about two characters—Red Riding Hood herself and the Wolf—who destroy all those around them in order to suit their own selfish desires.
By defining the constantly changing nature of the story, we capture what the essence of the narrative is, as well as how the story relates to its own historical background. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s version is perhaps not the most well known by name, as it is called “Little Red Cap,” but the story they provide is very much the one we know and love. However, in the French tradition, Perrault’s version is perhaps more raunchy--it provides the sexual undertone not altogether missing, but definitely biopsied…

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