Little Red Riding Hood: Identifying With Fairytale Characters

Here at Fairytale Studios, we have been working hard on our Little Red Riding Hood app and we are so happy to share it with you! Before we began working on this app, I hadn’t thought about the story of Little Red Riding Hood in years. But reading through and thinking about the story again reminded me of one of my very favorite things growing up.

As kids, the greatest point in honor us three girls could achieve was the acquisition of a new porcelain doll. My mother always liked to encourage our imaginations and her choice of dolls tended towards those that were part of a story, especially fairytales, so we could look at the dolls and imagine them going off on various adventures. I remember we finally ended up with a collection that included Rapunzel, Cinderella, Goldilocks, and Snow White (if I am remembering correctly), but my absolute favorite was Little Red Riding Hood.

Not only did the porcelain doll have brown hair and brown eyes, like me, but she carried a little wicker basket filled with tiny porcelain food. I have always loved food, so a brown-haired doll bearing jam and cookies spoke deeply to me as a child. I wanted her red cape and hood for myself. Perhaps the greatest attraction I had to the doll was the story that accompanied it. I loved how she defeated the wolf (with the help of the woodsman); she wasn’t just a princess living in a high tower, like some of the other porcelain dolls, she was someone I could imagine liking in real life. I could easily imagine our Little Red Riding Hood coming to life to be my friend and defeat bad guys with. Maybe on a deeper level I identified a lot with Little Red Riding Hood; my mother has loads of stories of little Katie talking to strangers without a second thought and getting distracted and wandering away. Thankfully, I never got into any real trouble like Little Red Riding Hood, but this fairytale taught the lessons I needed to learn the most.

I think the most important and fun part of fairytales is when you can identify yourself with the character. In a way, it allows one to step back from oneself and see your behavior in a new light. My mother would probably tell you I didn’t learn the lesson of Little Red Riding Hood very well, but this story is still one of my absolute favorites, mostly because I had heard my mother tell me the same things Little Red Riding Hood’s mother told her. Our favorite fairytales say a lot about us as individuals because we all had different lessons we needed to learn.

 

In this light, what fairytales are your favorites and why are they your favorites?

 

Thanks for reading and see you next time!