Little Red Riding Hood is a folktale about a little girl who is so beautiful and endearing. She is very loved by her mother and grandmother. One day, her mother asks Little Red Riding Hood to go visit her grandmother to take her some cake and a butter pot. She takes the way through the forest, but she is naive and does not know the dangers of it. There, a wolf takes notice of her, and follows her. She then asks her where she is going, and she responds truthfully, telling him that she is going to her grandmother's house to take her the cake and butter. He asks her what way she will go, so that he can take the other path and no one will see him go with her. She tells him, but she does not know his malicious plan that will take place once they meet again at her grandmother's house. When the werewolf arrives, he knocks at the door pretending to be little red. Her grandmother had been quite sick, and is not able to recognize that it is not her. She tells the wolf how to open the door, and he succeeds. He comes in and devours the grandmother before little red arrives. When she finally arrived, she knocked at her grandmother's door. The wolf pretended to be Little Red's grandmother and told her to come in. When Little Red came to her grandmother's room, she was fooled by the wolf pretending to be her grandmother, dressed in her nightclothes. He told Little Red to come to bed, and she did. Little Red was confused by her grandmother's appearance, which she commented to her Grandmother about. Lastly she said "Grandmother, what big teeth you have!" To this, the wolf said "All the better to eat you up with." Then he ate her all up.
There many versions of this folktale, which makes it's origins hard to trail. There are beliefs that it originated 600- 800 years ago from China. Other evidence showing that it instead came from Europe or the Middle East around 2000 years ago. However, It is most often suggested that it was written by Charles Perrault in the 17th century.
Many just see Little Red Riding Hood as the classic old tale of a wolf wanting to catch some prey. This of course includes Little Red Riding Hood's grandmother and Little Red Riding Hood Herself.
Many beleive that the moral of this tale is to warn women of the dangers of walking alone because they are vulnerable. It is also a warning of trusting strangers.
There are also sexual interpretations, including the one from the song from Sam the Sham an the Pharoahs that sexualize Little Red Riding Hood. In the song they say "what big lips you have" and other commnents about her appearance in the perspective of the wolf. They are making it seem more like lust, than just prey.