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Psychoanalytic Approach to Little Red Riding Hood

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Christina Wells

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Transcript of Psychoanalytic Approach to Little Red Riding Hood

Overview of
Sigmund Freud
Freudian Theory
Freud believed that our desires and unconscious conflicts rise 3 areas of mind that try to dominate one another from infancy, childhood, up to adulthood.

3 Areas of Mind
- Primal Desires and Basic Nature
"I want it now."
- Reason and Self Control
"I need to do some planning to get it."
- The Quest for Perfection
"You can't have it. It's not right."
“Psychoanalytic criticism adopts the methods of "reading" employed by Freud and later theorists to interpret texts. It argues that literary texts, like dreams, express the secret unconscious desires and anxieties of the author, that a literary work is a manifestation of the author's own neuroses. One may psychoanalyze a particular character within a literary work, but it is usually assumed that all such characters are projections of the author's psyche.”
- Michael Delahoyde
Started in the 1930's
Pyschoanalytical Approach to Little Red Riding Hood by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
The Big Bad Wolf
The Big Bad Wolf represents a predator or stalker. He symbolizes a man with questionable desires.
Freudian Theory suggests that society has a negative aura on sexual compulsion. Hence, most repress sexual desires.
At first, the wolf is able to control himself depite his ever growing appetite. After 3 days, he loses control and eats L.R.R.H. and her grandmother while they lie innocently in bed. In this case, he shows a ID process. ("I want it now!" He only cares about his own satisfaction and no one else's.
This idea focuses on the mindset of ego. "I need to do a bit of planning to get what I want." He contemplates a plan to get to grandmother's house first and satisfy his appetite. He also is able contain himself before the plan follows through.
Works Cited
"Psychoanalytic Approach to Little Red Riding Hood ." Web. 19 Nov. 2013.
According to the Freudian theory, sexuality is the deriative for all human motivation.
Hence, from a pyschoanalysist POV, Little Red Riding Hood has sexual undertones.
The wolf's hunger symbolizes his sexual desires. Little Red Riding Hood's journey through the woods symbolizes her entrance into the adult world.
Licht, Robyn. "Undertones in “Little Red Riding Hood”: The Relationship
Between Childhood Innocence and Adult Knowledge ." Web. 19 Nov. 2013. <http://www.gwu.edu/~uwp/fyw/euonymous/2005-2006/06-lichtfinal.pdf>.
Little Red Riding Hood
"As Red Riding Hood encounters the wolf in the forest, she is presented with the hurdle of entering adulthood—losing her virginity and reaching
sexual maturity." (Licht)
L.R.R.H. "loses her virginity"
when she is consumed by the wolf.
The story teaches young girls to beware of the wolves (men) who are
wanting to take advantage of them on a sexual level. L.R.R.H. learns from her experience with the wolf after she is cut of of his stomach by the woodsman.
L.R.R.H. represents the EGO (Primal Desires and Basic Nature) process because she ignores her mother's warnings and gazes at the flowers. She also shows this by going into her grandmother's cottage even though she feels uneasy because the door was already open when she arrived.
Represents "SUPEREGO" (Philosophical and Spiritual Ideals) mindset
He is the force of all good.
Persists in finding the wolf
Hatcher , Melissa. "Little Red Riding Hood." (2013): Web. 19 Nov. 2013.
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