In the story “Little Red Riding Hood” by Charles Perrault, the main theme of the tale is to explain how innocence and naïve characteristics of people can cause them harm when entrusting strangers. The story takes a dark and twisted route when the main character Little Red Riding Hood is sent by her mother to take cake and butter to her grandmother and is encountered by a stranger wolf. Little Red Riding Hood proves how naïve she is when the wolf asks her where she is headed and she responds without a second thought that she is going to her grandmother’s house. To make matters worse, the wolf goes as far to ask where the grandmother lives and she answers, “it is beyond that mill you see there, at the first house in the village" (Perrault 51). Little Red Riding Hood trusted the wolf with the information of the family home and does not realize the danger of her situation, which happens to many children and even adults in the real world that jeopardize their safety. This is similar to the movie “I was a Teenage Werewolf,” when Tony Rivers and his family trust the psychologist to take care of Tony, when in reality the psychologist had his own intentions of experimenting with Tony, which ends up hurting Tony. Even though kindness is taught to children, there comes a line when being too friendly can cause harm, which comes to Little Red Riding Hood when she easily answers all the wolf’s priding questions. Little Red Riding Hood also proves her innocence to be dangerous when she gets to her grandmother’s house and she hears “the big voice of the wolf, was at first afraid; but believing her grandmother had a cold and was hoarse,” and she enters the house while ignoring her first instincts that something is wrong (Perrault 52). By having too much innocence, Little Red Riding Hood does not believe that harm can ever come to her. She ignored her instincts of a dangerous situation multiple times in her grandmother’s house, which cost her life in the end. The moral of the story is to always be wary of strangers whether they seem like they will not cause any harm.

Link to another tale with the theme of not to trust strangers: [[1]]

Link to another story with the theme to not trust strangers: [[2]]

Link to another story with the theme to not trust strangers: [[3]]

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