Little Red’s Bad Characteristics Throughout the different versions of Little Red Riding Hood, the character, Little Red, is tricked into telling the wolf where her sick grandmother lives. The wolf then takes advantage of Little Red’s innocence and unintelligence by arriving at the grandmother’s house first and eating her before Little Red can visit with her sick grandmother. Although her innocence could have been the reason she told the wolf information when she should have kept to herself. It couldVe even been the fact that she is too unintelligent to realize her actions have a cause and effect to them.
Actually, it was a combination of innocence and unetelligence that causes the situations in the fairy tale. These two traits go hand and hand, giving the wolf the opportunities he needs to get a good meal out of the huge ordeal. Early in the story Little Red Riding Hood by Charles Perrault, Little Red told the wolf exactly where her sick grandmother lives. “She lives beyond the mill you can see over there, in the first house you come to in the village” (34). This evidence exposes Little Red’s innocence. By not knowing any better, she breaks the rule of “Never talk to strangers”.
She told the unknown, dangerous wolf where her vulnerable grandmother lives. The wolf then took the opportunity that Little Red Riding Hood has given him to race to grandmothers house and eat the poor sick grandmother before Little Red has the chance to arrive and aid her. Because of Little Red’s innocence, the wolf was able to take advantage of her. Leading to consequences she has to face. Later on in the tale, Little Red shows her another example of innocence when she arrives to her grandmother’s house in the Little Red Riding Hood by Charles Perrault’s version of the fairy tale.
The wolf had already eaten the grandmother and disguised himself by wearing her clothes. “Little Red Riding Hood heard the hoarse voice of the wolf and thought that her grandmother must have caught a cold” (34). This provides evidence that Little Red did not remember the wolfs voice after Just talking to him earlier that same day. By being to childish and innocent, she did not play close attention and not taking in consideration that the wolf is dangerous and should be cautious when coming into contact with. Since she was careless, the wolf tricks Little Red into thinking he was her grandmother.
Since she failed to remember his voice one, this resulted in the wolf successfully tricking her for a second time. In a different version of the tale Little Red Cap by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Little Red is too innocent to realize the door was surprisingly open already, giving her a gut feeling that something was wrong. “She was surprised to find the door open, and when she stepped into the house she had such a strange feeling that she said to herself: My goodness, I’m usually so glad to see grandmother. Why am I frightened today? (36). She ignored these unusual signs and went into the house with no suspension rather than being alert of danger. Since she was not alert and aware, she kept her two characteristics of being innocent and unintelligent strong. She was too innocent to think that something was wrong and to proceed with caution. In addition, she lack intelligence by not realizing that her gut was telling her something was different and to be more careful while entering grandmother’s house. Leading to another cause and affect into the story.
Since she walked into the open house without thoughtfulness, she paid the price by being gobbled up. Little Red’s unintelligence trait also affects the choices she made throughout the tale. In the ersion Little Red Cap by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm she did not have the knowledge of the wolf being a wicked beast and should be cautious when interacting with a wolf. “But Little Red Cap didn’t know what a wicked beast he was so she wasn’t afraid of him. ” (36). This proves to the reader that Little Red Cap did not have the knowledge of the wolf being a force to reckon with.
Her unintelligence blinded her to obtain the knowledge to know how wicked the wolf is. Resulting in the wolf being able to abstract information of Little Red’s grandmother location and being able to eat the sick grandmother. Little Red revels her lack of intelligence in the story Little Red Cap by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. She fails to see the wolf disguised as her grandmother by wearing her grandmother’s clothing. “Then she put on her clothes and her nightcap, lay down in the bed, and drew the curtains. ” (36).
Little Red fails to recognize that the wolf is not her grandmother and is deceiving her. She should have noticed a difference between a hairy animal that is much larger than a sick old grandmother. In result of Little Red not being able to tell that it was a wicked beast, she was dealt the same fate as her grandmother. In addition, throughout all versions of Little Red Riding Hood, she asks the wolf, who she believes is her grandmother, questions. For example in the story Little Red Riding Hood by Charles Perrault she asks, “Grandmother, what big ears you have!
All the better to hear you with, my dear” (35) or “Grandmother, what big arms you have! All the better to hold you with, my dear” (35). Little Red calls out the obvious traits that divide the differences of physical appearance between a human and a wolf. By not being able to tell the difference between a wolf and a grandmother proves the lack of intelligence that Little Red has. In result of her lack of intelligence, she also is gobbled up by the wolf, just like her sick grandmother.
In conclusion to all the evidence collected from the different versions of Little Red Riding Hood, evidence proves that the combination of Little Red’s traits caused the outcome of the fairy tale versus a single trait causing the scenario to form. Since she was to innocence to see the wolfs tricks, she had to face consequences. Both the traits of innocence and unintelligence play a huge role in the fairy tale. Giving the wolf leverage to trick Little Red and to ultimately eating her poor, sick grandmother.