Little Red Riding Hood is a fictonial tale, with many versions from around the globe. For example, in Austria the "wolf" is represented by an ogre instead.(Story linked here). The ogre is vicious and cruel and in my own opinion this fictonal story is gruesome and goes into more detail compared to the American version, or even French version. Charles Perrault's version of Little Red Riding Hood (Story linked here) starts off as the little girl red going into the woods to visit her sick grandmother. In the woods she meets a wolf who starts to talk to her and ask her where she is headed. Little Red tells the wolf her plans to visit her grandmother and the location of her home. This allows the wolf to race to the grandmothers house and eat the sick grandmother. When Red finally arrives she is unaware of the prior event that took place and believes the wolf when he claims to be the grandmother. Little Red goes inside and crawls into bed with her "grandmother" and starts talking. Soon enough the wolf eats Little Red Riding Hood and that was the end of the story.
Moral Of The Story
Charles Perrault was one of the first Europeans to write and turn to folklore. He has written many re-makes of the classic fairytales such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Little Thumb, and many more. He wanted to expand his artistic eye. In doing so the version of Little Red Riding Hood is very similar, but not exact as the American version. This allowed the French to portray the moral of the story differently than America did. This is because at the end of the story it tells the reader, the moral of the story is young women, especially attractive should not talk to strangers. It goes on to discuss how the wolf in the story represents charming, nice, strangers who can end up becoming the most dangerous of all. This is evident in real life situations as growing up you start to expand your knowledge and should not be as trusting as you are as a child. The older you get the more you need to realize the world is not a perfect, safe, place and you need to be aware of your surroundings, and selective on who to talk to and trust. The stories told as kids have a bigger subliminal message than most children tend to pick up on. Which is why I believe Charles decided to be blunt and tell the children the moral of the story so they get out the lesson intended from Little Red Riding Hood. It is an interesting tale told many different ways and each hoping to lead children to one conclusion, be careful.