The Story Edit
The story Little Red Riding Hood written by Charles Perrault is a story with a very unique and valuable lesson, while still including the aspect of the "wolf" This story is told all over the world and has many different versions from China to Europe (National Geographic). The story begins with introducing a young beautiful lady that wears a red riding hood given to her by her mother, so therefore she is given the name Little Red Riding Hood. Little Red Riding Hood was ordered by her mother to deliver a pot of butter and a cake to her grandmother in a completely different village. On the way to the village, Little Red Riding Hood stumbles across a hungry wolf that asks her where she is going. Little Red Riding Hood informs the wolf of her exact destination and they race to her grandmothers house. The wolf arrives at the grandmother's house before the young lady, eats the grandmother, and hops in the grandmothers bed in her clothes awaiting the young lady's arrival. Little Red Riding Hood enters the house and the wolf, disguised as the grandmother, tells the young lady to hop in bed with her. Little Red Riding Hood hops in bed with the grandmother and then the wolf reveals himself and eats Little Red Riding Hood whole.
The Lesson Edit
One might ask themselves why this story is told to youngsters and how it has spread to so many cultures in the world. The truth about this story is that the valuable lesson of trust is portrayed. As young beautiful ladies throughout the course of history have been known to be vulnerable in the eyes of many men that are considered predators, most ladies have been taught not to trust strangers. In this story the "wolf" is considered the predator, rapist, etc. Although the wolf seems nice to Little Red Riding Hood and possibly even trustworthy, she hardly knows the wolf and his intentions. She not only makes the mistake of associating and building a brief relationship with the wolf, but she tells the wolf of her intended location. As a result, too much trust is thrown into the wrong hands of evil and Little Red Riding Hood suffers the consequence. The situation could have been avoided if the young lady did not associate with the stranger or by not trusting him too much.
The Deeper Meaning and it's Role in Today's Society Edit
To this day, this story is a valuable lesson in many cultures not to trust strangers that you hardly know. Specifically young women should not trust strangers because they are incredibly vulnerable and "wolves" are commonly hidden in disguise. The color red may also be associated with sex and sexual desire. Little Red Riding Hood's description with the color red may be an example of sexual desire and selling herself for sex or even as a prostitute. In this case, she would be facing the consequences of selling herself to sexual desires of men she considers to be strangers. It is incredible how accurate the moral of this story is in our society today. Many young women are exposed to a dark and dangerous world through outlets such as social media sources. Many young women are constantly being given attention from older men, stalked, or even obsessed over. They must know not to trust these men even if they seem nice or charming, their true identity may still be hidden. If they put too much trust into these men, the identity of the predator or "wolf" may be exposed, and by then if too much trust is given from the young lady, chaos may be the end result and consequences will be faced.
Since the story Little Red Riding Hood has such a strong message in today's society, every culture and population should be familiar with the story or a similar story that has evolved from this one. Therefore, never trust someone who might be a "wolf".
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