Little Red Riding Hood, also known as Little Red Cap or simply Red Riding Hood.
The story has been changed considerably in its history and subject to numerous modern adaptations and readings. Besides the overt warning about talking to strangers, there are many interpretations of the classic fairy tale. The Grimm's interpretation is less sexual and more moralistic, and they've added a "happy ending", which was not there in the earlier folk version. This made the metaphorical meaning a bit different and the archetypal symbols became less visible. I am quite interested in a deeper, symbolic and mythic layer of the tale. To my mind it is touching a few interesting points:
- Red Riding Hood as a symbol of sexual awakening (the red cloak symbolizes the blood of menstruation, braving the "dark forest" of womanhood. The anthropomorphic wolf symbolizes a man, who could be a lover, seducer or sexual predator.
- The red hood has often been given great importance in many interpretations, with a significance from the dawn to blood. Folklorists and cultural anthropologists saw "Little Red Riding Hood" in terms of solar myths and other naturally-occurring cycles.
- Also this tale has some similarity to the "animal bridegroom" tales, such as Beauty and the Beast or The Frog Prince, but where the heroines of those tales transform the hero into a prince, these tellings of Little Red Riding Hood reveal to the heroine that she has a wild nature like the hero's. She's getting in touch with her wild side, and he is looking for the Source.