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Hansel and Gretel

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Andrew Vukovic

on 17 September 2014

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Transcript of Hansel and Gretel

A German folk story
Believed to have originated from the Great Famine (1315-1317)
Published by Brothers Grimm in 1812
German Folklore
Similar to English and Norse Folklore
Other fairy tales include: Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin
The Great Famine
Was a time of great sorrow for Europe
Food was scare and because of the bad weather there was no grain
Things were so desperate that people even abandoned their younger children and babies
Reports of cannibalism
Lasted for 2 years
Accompanied by the Black Death (1346-1351)
10%-15% of the population died from viruses like bronchitis, tuberculosis, and pneumonia
Hansel and Gretel
A Fairytale By Brothers Grimm
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Quest Analysis
What Hides Within The Story?
What does this story reveal about values, goals or fears in its society?
Common theme of hunger throughout the story (Due to great famine)
Elements of Hansel And Gretel
- Walk back home through the forest
- House made of desserts
- Witch
- Find their way home
- Later on, escape from the witch
- Not enough food
- Stepmother is selfish
- Hansel and Gretel are lost in the woods
- A witch wants to eat them
- Stepmother had died
- They are rich
- Hansel and Gretel
- Live with their father and stepmother
- Live in forest
- Very poor
- Walking through a dark forest
- No food or water
- 3 days
This fairytale is full of them
Children coming from a poor background
Wicked stepmother who hates children
Lost in the dark forest
- White duck
Brothers Grimm
Brothers, Jacob Grimm (1785-1863) and Wilhelm Grimm (1786-1859)
lifelong dedication to collecting and publishing German folklore and fairy tales
Some tales include: Rumpelstiltskin, Rapunzel, Cinderella, and The Six Swans
Chapter 1 - Ditching the Kids
Hansel & Gretel lived with their father and step-mother in the woods
the step-mother thought it would be best to get rid of the children because they were too poor
the children overheard them plotting and Hansel made a plan to save them
the parents brought Hansel & Gretel deep into the woods, lit them a fire, gave them some bread, and left them there, claiming they would return
as the moon rose, the children began to see the shining pebbles and followed them home
Chapter 2 - Lost in the Woods
the parents plotted to leave them in the woods again, but the step-mother had locked the door so Hansel could not get any pebbles
he attempted to leave a trail of bread crumbs, but the birds ate them all
they walked for 3 days, but could not find their way back
they eventually found a house made entirely of candy, which they began to eat
a witch came out of the house and lured them in
the witch had said no harm would come to them, but that was a lie

Chapter 3 - Escaping the Witch's House
Hansel was locked up, and Gretel was forced to do the witch's bidding
the witch intended to fatten Hansel up so he would be a bigger meal
the witch would take Hansel's finger to see if he was plump enough yet, but Hansel passed her a bone instead
the witch requested Gretel climb into the oven to see if it was hot enough to bake in, but secretly plotted to close the door on Gretel and let her bake
Gretel shoved the witch in the oven and left her to burn
Gretel ran to the stable, and let Hansel out of the cage
they were finally free
Chapter 4 - Getting Home
the children unlocked the witch's chest a found her treasure, took all they could and searched for a way home
they came to a river, but had no bridge or plank to cross it
Gretel requested help from a white duck, who then carried them across the river
they found their Father's cabin, ran inside and jumped into his arms
the father explained that the step-mother had died
the children revealed the treasures that they had taken from the evil witch's house and lived happily ever after
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