Brothers Grimm devoted substantial parts of their lives to prove the fairy tales originate in old myths. It seems Little Red Cap really shares a lot with an old Greek mythological story about the abduction of Persephone.
It's not only the basic plot, the tension between the bestial evil darkness and fresh naive youth, or the dynamics between the relatives in the story. It's also a story about trickery, responsibility, and consequences of wrong decisions - for everybody involved.
Let's look at 10 typical elements, shared by both well-known stories and see if the story about Little Red Riding Hood and Big Bad Wolf just brings the myth about Persephone and Hades in a new form!