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YMMV: Little Red Riding Hood
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: In some versions where the wolf tricks the girl into eating some of Grandma's dead body and blood, a cat suddenly comes to call her a slut because she eats her grandma... then the cat is never heard again.
  • Fantastic Aesop: Don't talk to rapists or your grandmother will get eaten.
  • Freud Was Right: A common interpretation of the tale is as an Aesop about a young girl's burgeoning sexuality, with the wolf standing in as a sexually aggressive man. The red hood is often interpreted as representing menstruation, carnality, virginity, or sin in general.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Perrault kills off Grandma, then has Little Red tricked into becoming a cannibal, and then she too meets a gruesome end in the wolf's jaws. Sleep tight kids.
  • Older Than They Think: This story's origins are even older than Perrault.
  • Rule of Symbolism: There are lots of possible underlying meanings to the story, mostly to do with growing up and/or sex. The color of the girl's hood is usually given some significance — even though subsequent collection of French folk tales found that it was a detail that Perrault added; the folk tales do not specify the color of the hood. A more likely symbol occurs in the regional variants that have her choose between a Path of Pins and a Path of Needles - girls learning to be young women were said to be "gathering pins," while needles had a definite sexual meaning (prostitutes would even indicate their profession by wearing needles in their sleeves).

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