Solving the problem of evil in the twenty-first century

Little Red Riding Hood

Once upon a time  in the middle of the woods was a small cottage, which was the home of a young little girl known to everyone as Little Red Riding Hood. In this legendary story “Little Red Riding Hood” the young girl goes on a journey to give her grandmother some fresh goods, but during this quest she is encountered by the evil wolf. “I’m taking Grandma some cakes. She lives at the end of the path” this quote is what gives the wolf the information of where Little Red Riding Hood’s destination is. The wolf is very comparable to the devil due to his trickery with words to find out activity he is trying to receive and also the way he uses peer pressure to get what he wants out of the young girl. Like the Devil or Satan when trying to conquer a human being’s soul, the wolf tries to get the girl to come close enough for him to eat. With Little Red Riding Hood telling the wolf where she is heading the wolf understands that the woods are not the place to make his attack, so he goes off to Little Red Riding Hood’s home before she does. There the wolf comes across Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother. To add more to his tricks he eats the grandmother to grab a clever disguise for when the young girl arrives. At the time of her arrival she is presented with the deception that the wolf is the grandmother and at this point they have the famous conversation: “Grandmother, what big ears you have!” she asks. “All the better to hear you with,” the wolf replies. “Grandmother, what big eyes you have!” she asks. “All the better to see you with,” the wolf replies. “Grandmother, what big hands you have!” she asks. “All the better to hold you with,” the wolf replies. “But grandmother, what big teeth you have!” she asks. “All the better to eat you with,” the wolf replies, and leaps out of the bed and swallows Little Red Riding Hood. Obviously the disguise did not completely deceive Little Red Riding Hood, but the wolf attempts to trick her in many different ways finally losing his patience and decides to just eat her. The wolf’s choice will lead to his downfall as a hunter nearby hears the wolf’s snoring in sleep and kills the wolf. The hunter eventually will cut the wolf’s stomach to save Little Red Riding Hood and Grandmother. Good seems to always triumph over evil as wars with the sinful continue throughout humanity’s lifetime.


5 responses

  1. Good job relating a story that everyone knows to the personality of the devil. Most people don’t really think about the evil or religious signifigances in stories like this; they only think about the life lessons the stories teach younger children. Another similarity between the wolf and the devil (such as in Paradise Lost) is that they both use disguises to tempt the female protagonist who is portrayed as more vulnerable and susceptible to temptation.

    May 3, 2011 at 8:57 am

  2. ca9455

    I would have never thought to have compared this story to the Devil. I find it intriguing how in Paradise Lost and in Little Red Ridding Hood both protagonists are women and the evil figure (Satan and the Wolf) temp the protagonist many times and eventually see their own down fall.

    May 9, 2011 at 7:15 pm

  3. jlai1226

    I also like how in Little Red Riding Hood, the wolf pretends to be harmless and how the girl cannot even tell that the wolf is “bad”. Even though the good and bad characters are easily separated, it shows that evil often tries to bring the two opposites closer and blur the line that separates them. Really quite a deep concept for a children’s story!

    May 12, 2011 at 7:24 pm

  4. nbe88

    I agree^. This a really deep concept for a children’s story. But at the same time, these stories were created in order to relate the horrors and evils in the world in a ways that children could easily understand and make connections to later in life if and when they experience them.

    May 13, 2011 at 5:23 pm

  5. deesdetfc

    I would say that there are deeper and more intricate parts to Children’s stories than we realize, mainly because we were so young then.

    The image you portray of eating the soul is interesting, going back to Screwtape Letters. I never thought about this that way.

    May 14, 2011 at 11:30 pm

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