Little Red Riding Hood – Charles Perrault
Little Red Riding Hood is a short tale about a young, beautiful girl who lives in a small village and goes to visit her poorly grandmother. The attractive girl is referred to as “Little Red Riding Hood,” a name which derived from the hood her grandmother created for her and the girl's ability to pull off the outfit. One day, Little Red Riding Hood is asked by her mother to check up on her unwell grandmother, and bring with her some cakes and a pot of butter. Upon Little Red Riding Hoods travels to the village where her grandma lived, she bumped into a wolf in the forest. The Wolf was curious where the girl was going, and Little Red Riding Hood forgot the importance of not speaking to strangers and informing them on your whereabouts. Little Red Riding Hood spoke to the wolf and notified him that she was visiting her grandma who lived in “the first house in the village beyond the mill.” The Wolf challenges the girl to see who can reach the grandma's house first. The wolf races to the grandmother's house whereas Little Red Riding Hood takes a longer route in which she collects elements of nature along the way. Unfortunately, the wolf arrives at the grandma's house first and pretends to be Little Red Riding Hood when he knocks at the door. The grandma is unwell and in bed and therefore tells the wolf who she thinks is her granddaughter to let themselves in by “pulling the bobbin which will lift the latch up.” When the wolf gets into the house, he eats Little Red Riding Hoods grandma straight away as he is so hungry due to being deprived of food for three days. Afterward, he gets into the grandma’s bed and awaits Little Red Riding Hood. When the young girl knocks at her grandmother's door, the wolf repeats what the grandmother said to him when he arrived. Little Red Riding Hood is shocked at how different her grandmother looks when she gets into bed with her. The young girl comments on her grandmas feature pointing out how big her eyes, arms, and legs look. When Little Red Riding Hood comments on how big her grandmother's teeth look, the wolf responds cruelly declaring “they were all the better to eat her with” and in turn eats the little girl.
Moral Of The Story:
This short story was directed to teach children the importance of not speaking to strangers. The story is targeted at adolescent, cultivated females to make them aware that strangers are not always as helpful as we perceive them to be, and that the kindest strangers can also be the most threatening.
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