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KS3 English - Fairy tales: What's their story?: Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

On this page you can find out more about the story of Little Red Riding Hood.

The Story of Little Red Riding Hood

You can read Charles Perrault's version of Little Red Riding Hood on the SurLaLune website.

History of Red Riding Hood

The SurLaLune website includes lots of information about Little Red Riding Hood, including details of the history of the story. You may find useful information here for your Red Riding Hood timeline.

Little Red Riding Hood and similar stories

This fairy tale website, compiled by Pittsburgh University, includes Charles Perrault's version of Little Red Riding Hood.You can also find a number of fairy tales which are similar to the Little Red Riding Hood story. You may find useful information here for your Red Riding Hood timeline.

Take part in our 'morals' poll...

Different people see different moral messages in the Little Red Riding Hood tale, below are a few examples.

Think about Charles Perrault's story of Little Red Riding Hood, which of these do you think is the main moral lesson for this tale?

Don't judge people by their appearance

(Source of picture: agfbrakpan.com)

 

Never talk to strangers

(Source of picture: HASTE)

 

Choose the safest route

(Source of picture: tripzilla)

Take part in our 'morals' poll...
Don't judge people on first appearances - people may not be as they first appear to be.: 15 votes (40.54%)
Never talk to strangers - they may be dangerous: 15 votes (40.54%)
Always try to take the safest route: 7 votes (18.92%)
Total Votes: 37

Elements of the Story

As explained in the 'Conventions of fairy tales' section, a fairy story always includes a number of important elements. In the story of Little Red Riding Hood the elements include: 

 

GOOD CHARACTERS

In the story of Little Red Riding Hood, the good character is obviously Little Red Riding Hood.

 

THE BADDY

The bad character in this story is the wolf.

 

SUPPORTING CHARACTERS

Can you think of any supporting characters in this story? Grandmother or/and huntsman? 


 

 

MAGIC

How many talking wolves have you met??!  Can you think of any other magical elements in this story?

 

 

OBSTACLE OR TASK

A fairy tale usually includes an obstacle or task which the characters must tackle with to reach their happy ending.  Can you think of the obstacle or task in this story?

 

HAPPILY EVER AFTER

Do you think Perrault's version of this story has a happily ever ending?  In 1812 the Grimm brothers wrote a version of Little Red Riding Hood (Little Red Cap) with a different ending where the wood cutter returns and cuts Granny out of the wolves tummy.  Charles Perrault's version does not have this ending though, do you think his story ends 'happily ever after'?

 

MORAL

What do you think is the moral message of the Little Red Riding Hood story?  Read some suggestions in the left hand column and then vote for the moral which you think is the main lesson of this tale.  When you have voted, have a look and see what other people think.

Movie Trailer - Red Riding Hood (2011)

This is a trailer for the 2011 Warner Brothers Movie of Red Riding Hood.

 

Click here to read about the storyline used in this film.

An unusual interpretation of Little Red Riding Hood