Little Red Riding Hood
Introduction to Literature
April 8, 2013
Short Story 2
Because she dares to defy societal norms of acceptable female behavior, Little Red Riding Hood faces death at the hands of the Big Bad Wolf, who embodies patriarchy.
Every short story has an overall theme which is the identified representation of the idea behind the story. In the story “Little Red Riding Hood” documented by Catherine Orenstein, the long cherished theme of not talking to strangers carries a different lesson in the original version of the story. The main characters and plot remained the same however it is not only talking to strangers that Red Riding Hood should have avoided. The two literary elements of plot and symbolism, contribute to the overall theme of not losing your virginity.
The plot begins when Little Red Riding Hood’s mother tells her to take some food to her Granny who is sick. Little Red Riding Hood meets the wolf and she tells him where she is going. Along the way she runs into the “wolf” and breaks one of the cardinal rules we teach our children today,” Don’t talk to strangers”. During their conversation she ignorantly gives him the location of her grandmother’s house and various other details that open the door for the wolf to play his tricks. The wolf ran as fast as he could, taking the shortest path, and the little girl took a roundabout way, entertaining herself by gathering nuts, running after butterflies, and gathering bouquets of little flowers. It was not long before the wolf arrived at the old woman's house. He knocked at the door: tap, tap. The wolf ate the grandmother before Little Red Riding Hood got there. According to the plot, when Little Red Riding Hood entered the house, she… stripped out of her clothes, and crawled into bed. Little Red...