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We first hear the story about Little Red Riding Hood when we are children and the story is usually told with a happy ending.  As children, we don’t think too much into the meaning or moral of the story, we believe, at the time, that it is just a fun story to listen too.  Most of us also know of the one version that was told to us growing up. But there are many different versions and there is much more meaning to Little Red Riding Hood’s story.

What we Know as a Child Edit

In Charles Perrault’s version of “Little Red Riding Hood,” it follows the story line that we all know of, Little Red Riding Hood travels through the woods to go to her grandmother’s house.  When she is in the woods, she meets a wolf and he asks her where she is going, and she tells the wolf and the wolf then says that he will go and see her also.  The wolf then beats Little Red Riding Hood to the grandmother’s house and eats the grandmother and lays in her bed imitating the grandmother as Little Red Riding Hood arrives.  As Little Red Riding Hood walks into the house she notices the differences, and mentions these differences, “Grandmother, what big eyes you have,” as the wolf always has a sweet reply.  In Charles Perrault’s version though, Little Red Riding Hood does not have such a happy ending that we all know of.  In his version, she is eaten and that is the end of the story.

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True Meaning Edit

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The story of Little Red Riding Hood has been around much longer than Charles Perrault’s version, which was written in the 17th century.  Though Charles Perrault’s version was the first written, there have been many other versions that have been told and written since then.  With each version, the story stays the same with few modifications, but they all have the same meaning.  In Perrault’s version, the wolf is considered a deceiving man who is trying to seduce a young girl.  The young girl, Little Red Riding Hood, is naive about the situation and falls for the man’s tricks.  In the music video, “Lil’ Red Riding Hood,” by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, “Little Red Riding Hood” is portrayed with the same meaning, of how girls are easily deceived and taken advantage of.  This story is to warn young girls, or children in general, not to trust and talk to strangers.  Dangerous people, come in all shapes and sizes, and they can seem nice and sweet, but looks can be deceiving.

Course Citations:

Perrault, Charles. "Little Red Riding Hood." University of Pittsburgh, 15 Jan. 2015. Web. 19 Apr. 2017.<http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0333.html#italy>.

Sam The Sham and The Pharoahs. Lil' Red Riding Hood. 1966.

Outside Sources:

https://www.mayastarling.com/little-red-riding-hood-moral-warnings-and-sexual-implications/

https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Red_Riding_Hood

http://people.virginia.edu/~sah/lrrh/notes.html#note31

Pictures:

http://storyberries.com/little-red-riding-hood/

http://folksandfairies.com/red-riding-hood.shtml

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/shadow-wolf-little-red-riding-hood-contemporary-world/

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