Bushra Hasan Brice Huang Vishnu Kaimul Sreeja Kondeti Walter Wu Psychoanalysis of “Little Red-Cap” The classic tale of Little Red Cap is, on the surface, a harmless story about an innocent, pure young girl who falls into the clutches of the evil wolf but is saved by the noble huntsman. Yet, a closer look at the psychological aspects of the story reveal undertones of sexual repression. A story written by the Brothers Grimm during the Victorian era, “Little Red-Cap,” emphasizes the common belief that any expression of sexuality was sinful. The victim of this sexual repression is, of course, Red-Cap, who encounters the wolf and becomes sexually exposed. “Little Red-Cap” critiques Victorian society for ineffectively shielding children from the dangers of sexuality by sexually repressing them, thereby denying them both positive and negative elements of sexuality. “Little Red-Cap” condenses the harmful aspects of sexuality into the wolf to show that Victorian sexual repression does not protect children from sexuality’s risks, and instead makes them more vulnerable to these dangers. From the start of Red-Cap’s journey to her grandmother,
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- Spring '08