Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood by Ray Harryhausen (1949, claymation). According to Bruno Bettelheim, the famous child psychologist, when a particular faerie tale or folk story captures our imagination, this is because the motifs in the story speak to underlying issues in our own lives. In Little Red Riding Hood, this includes sexuality, coming of age, and the threat of masculine drives, violence, and desires against innocence and feminine virtue.

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About kinneret

Hello, and welcome. I'm writing this blog under an alias. Why an alias? I started to write what may be described as an "American Gothic" novel (sort of Henry James/ Franz Kafka with violence) with some autobiographical details. ..when I started this blog I just decided to use the alias. This blog is about art and art history, but my interests also include literature, film analysis, psychology, forensic psychology, faerie tale analysis, cognitive therapy, cognitive linguistics, classical theater, World War II, and Russian and British history. My favorite writers include Kafka, the Brontes, and Philip K Dick. Thank you for reading this blog and I will happily reply to any comments.
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3 Responses to Little Red Riding Hood

  1. Nienna says:

    I deeply love traditional fairy stories. They are so rich in meaning, especially Grimms! This one is just amazing to reflect upon. Have you read Bruno Bettelheim’s The Uses Of Enchantment? I’m not too much a Freudian, unlike that author, but I think he taps into some meanings in that book which really resonate culturally, and especially, his interpretation of Little Red Riding Hood very much spoke to me.

    • kinneret says:

      Yes, I have that book. It’s great. I think he is totally correct that we focus in on the narrative that speaks to our own personal themes. and mine is LLRH.

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