In one quote, Bettelheim ignores the fact that Little Red is a child: “Little Red Riding Hood makes no move to escape or fight back, either she is stupid or she wants to be seduced. “ Although he mentions two possibilities, Bettelheim never expands on the possibility that Little Red is just a naive and ignorant child. This is because of Bettelheim’s apopheniac tendencies. He ignores that Little Red probably does not know the concept of seduction and uses seduction to say Little Red wants to get seduced by her grandmother, who according to him Little Red is supposed to hate. Instead of Little Red having a rivalry with her grandmother, it is far more reasonable that Brother’s Grimm wrote her character as being just ignorant.
Little Red, a charming and truly innocent young girl, is not someone who is working out her Oedipal conflicts. The girl whose sole desire is to get rid of her grandmother is an unconvincing claim made by Bruno Bettelheim’s intriguing imagination. Ultimately, Bettelheim’s apopheniac philosophy makes connections to two unsupportable connections: Little Red Riding Hood to the Oedipal