Little Red Riding Hood
Little Red Riding Hood by Charles Perrault, 1697, has actually been altered through the years to accommodate different audiences, and send out different messages. The original story of Little Red Riding Hood has been edited for a younger audience. Later versions have taken out the sexual connotations of the short story. “In fiction is associated with something abstract, something broad: The theme in a story is associated with an idea that lies behind the story” (Clugston, R.W., 2010, ch. 7). The theme of Little Red Riding Hood is talking to strangers and the author uses plot, symbolism and character image to contribute to this particular theme. The plot of the story is about a young beautiful girl that needs to go through the woods to her grandma’s house. On her way to her grandma’s house, she encounters a wolf and starts talking to him. She tells the wolf exactly where she is going, and this sets the wolf off in the same direction as her. After the wolf eats the young girl’s grandma, he waits for the young girl to eat her. At the end of the short story, she climbs into bed with the wolf giving the wolf the opportunity to eat her. “Plot is seen as the arrangement of the incidents, or as the relationship both among incidents and between each incident or element and the whole” (Egan, K. 1978, pg. 455). The whole plot contributes to the theme because it is about a young girl who meets a wolf and her innocence makes her blind to realize that it is dangerous to talk to a wolf.
The symbols used are her “red hood” that was given to her and the “woods” she needs to walk through, to get to the other village. The red hood that was given to her symbolizes the adulthood of women. At the time this story was written, red was often a symbol for love, life, passion and maturity. Since she wore a cloak of red, it became a symbol of her entering adulthood (Howard, M. 2007). The woods Little red riding hood went through symbolizes the...
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