WhatHappened to Little Red?
Inthe olden days, there lived an indescribable and awful wolf who usedto masquerade as a human and eat people.It happened that one day, he encountered an attractive little girlalong the way. He did not have the time to disguise himself, so hethought, “If I become nice to the lass, maybe she will show mewhere she lives and then I can go at night and eat everybody up.”He greeted the girl in a frail, nice voice and asked her what she wasdoing in the dangerous woods alone. Innocently, she told the dreadfulwolf she was going to see her sick grandmother. If only she knew theintentions of the wolf, she would have run away screaming. Thelittle girl disclosed to the wolf the way to her grandmother’shouse, only to create disaster.
Meanwhilethe wolf ran straight to the grandmother`s house and knocked at thedoor. The grandmother enquired who was knocking the door. The wolfresponded simulating the voice of the girl, “Your grandchild, hasbrought you a cake and a little pot of butter” (Perrault para. 4).On hearing this, the grandmother instructed the wolf on how to openthe door. Immediately after getting into the house, the wolf struckthe old woman and ate her, since he was hungry and had for a whilegone without eating anything. Aftereating the flesh of the old woman, the wolf locked the house andslept on the bed. After a while, the girl came and pounded the doorquietly.
“Whois knocking on my door?” Asked the wolf in a feeble voice andmimicking the grandmother
“Yourgrandchild,” Answered the little girl
“Rollthe latch up,” Retorted the wolf
Thewolf imitated the voice of the old grandmother to confuse the girl.It instructed her on how to get into the house from outside, just asthe old woman had instructed before. The girl entered the house andthe ‘grandmother’ invited her to bed. She innocently removed herclothes and entered to the bed, to feel the warmth of hergrandmother. Immediately, the girl realized the unusual size of thearms, legs, and teeth of the wolf, which had pretended to be thegrandmother. But, she was too small and weak for the wolf. During theensuing conversation, the wolf took the girl and ate her just as hehad done to the old woman. Now, the wolf was full and he thought thathe should take a nap. He soon fell asleep and started wheezingdeeply. A hunter who was going into the woods to check his traps,heard the snoring, and saw it odd for an old woman to snore loudly.He decided to check what was wrong and upon stepping in the house, hefound the wolf he had been tracking for so long lying on the bedbreathing heavily. He saw his stomach was so full and knew the wolfhad eaten the old woman. He cut his belly open and to his surprise,the little girl and the woman came out.
Thewolf succeeded to eat both the girl and her grandmother the same day.The problem started when the wolf engaged the girl in a conversationwhile on her way to the grandmother. She longed to see her goodgrandmother only to end up in the hands of the hungry wolf. Hermistake of talking to the stranger, the wolf, led to the wholeordeal. From that time, the girl realized how it is wrong to talk tooutsiders or go into the woods alone. In fact, the analogy of thelittle girl and the wolf teaches children that they should never talkto strangers, walk alone, or go into unknown territories, as theymight provide supper for the gentle, yet awful wolves.
Perrault,Charles. “Little Red Riding Hood.” D.L. Ashliman’s Folktext,2015. http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0333.html#grimm.Accessed 4 April 2017.
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