10. It's also a story about trickery.
Wolf is a presentation of older, stronger and primal powers. We can see the forces of nature of him, but we can also understand the wolf as a presentation of a father (little kids, just like Red Cap, don't have a father). The fight between bigger, stronger, older and smaller, weaker, younger opponent easily remind us of the fight between generations.
Almost all myths and almost all fairy tales solve such duels in one of two possible ways:
- with a help of a helper (often magical - think about the hunter in The Red Cap or the prince in The Sleeping Beauty or the fairy godmother in The Cinderella);
- with a trick (think about The Valiant Little Tailor or Puss in Boots or Hansel and Gretel).
We can find elements of both in Wolf and 7 kids, where mother represents a helper, but it's not her power or smartness which defeats the wolf. It was all his fault because he was too gluttonous and carelessly slept in front of the house just like the wolf in Red riding hood forgot about the necessary precautions. In both cases, something new replaced the old.
Reading both stories in this light we don't only find a consolation message (Tomorrow the sun will shine again), but an optimistic one too (Tomorrow will be better than yesterday). When we learn to understand the fairy tales this way, they open a whole new view on the world.