An attractive young girl, living in a village with her mother was not only loved by her mother, but greatly adored by her grandmother as well. The grandmother made her granddaughter a little red riding hood which fit her so well it earned her the nickname of Little Red Riding Hood.
One-day word got around that Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother was feeling ill so her mother sent her with some food to go check on her. Almost immediately Little Red Riding Hood left her house and was on her way to check on her grandmother who lived in another village. She was walking through the woods when she met a wolf, who from the moment he saw her wanted to eat her, but decided against it due to the woodcutters working nearby. The sneaky wolf asked the naïve girl where she was going and she told him of her whereabouts, unaware of the dangers that it could cause. After Little Red Riding Hood gave the wolf her grandmother’s whereabouts he immediately went to her house while she distracts herself by chasing butterflies, gathering nuts and flowers.
Upon arriving to the grandmother’s house the wolf fools the grandmother into letting him in and immediately eats her up. Not too long after Little Red Riding Hood arrives to her grandmother’s house, unaware of what has occurred to her grandmother. Setting down the food and undressing herself Little Red Riding Hood gets into bed. After observing her grandmother, she is amazed with how she looks and immediately begins to question her. At the end of her questions, Little Red Riding Hood is eaten by the wolf.
Sexuality is one of the hidden themes within the folk tale of Little Red Riding Hood, being seen in a different light of fear of the predator attacking the prey. The predator is typically the wolf since he is the evil one who fools its prey to get what he wants. The prey is typically Little Red Riding Hood since she is so innocent and naïve which makes her easy to manipulate. The predator going after the prey is not seen as something right, on the contrary it is considered evil and bad since it could be the loss of purity and innocence. The loss of innocence and purity could be interpreted in two ways, one in a sexual manner since she gets into bed with the wolf and the other is considering the loss of a life since the wolf eats her.
As the moral of Charles Perrault’s version of “Little Red Riding Hood” goes, no one (not just children or young attractive girls) should be talking to strangers with so much trust as to give away private information.
Lil' Red Ridin' Hood by Sam the Sham & The Pharoahs 1966Edit
This song is a perfect representation which demonstrates the dark themes of predator and prey within the folk tale. The song goes on about how well Little Red Riding Hood looks, showing how she is being watched by the big bad wolf and being wanted in a sexual context. Another thing, the song describes physical features of hers which then goes on to talk about how it drives the wolf insane. The video itself shows Little Red Riding Hood being followed by the wolf. The wolf who wants to eat her is taken out of the picture by the wolf who has sexual intentions with her.
Like many other modern interpretations, there is a plot of love involved in this version of Little Red Riding Hood involving a love triangle of true love and an arranged marriage. Rather than implementing the fear which should be there as recognized by the folk tales this version has some romance. Also, unlike the folk tales in this version Little Red Riding Hood has a special connection to the wolf, which the people from the village need to figure out since it could be any of them. The wolf ends up being her own father.