Symbols in the Fairy Tales and Folk Tales

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Certain psychologist have hypothesized that fairytales represent the most primitive way the mind operates, and within certain folktales, the true message is possible hidden beneath symbols. One folktale in particular, Little Red Riding Hood, is full of symbols with possible deeper meanings. For example some people have speculated that the red hood that Little Red Riding Hood wears is a symbol of the girls sexuality and the “little” in her nickname places an emphasis on her budding nature. That is to say the young girl is in the beginning stages of becoming a woman and doesn’t possess much knowledge on the subject of sex. Keeping with this same theme, it can further be hypothesized that the wolf represents the foreign idea of sex, which the young girl finds both unsettling and alluring. By telling the wolf the directions to her grandmother’s house, Little Red Riding Hood is evading having to confront the uncomfortable feeling created by the wolf’s presence. Instead of dealing with him, Little Red Riding Hood redirects him to her grandmother who is already a woman and is therefore more mature and capable of dealing with the wolf and what he represents (Bettelheim 1). Additionally, the winding path with the flowers that Little Red Riding Hood picks represents temptation and the contrasting direct path to Grandmother’s house represents virtue. Finally, the act of the wolf eating the little girl is a symbol for the loss of her innocence due to the fact that the only reason the
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