Hansel And Gretel Essay

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Colin HartyGender in Fairy TalesProfessor Whittingham7 October 2014Hansel and GretelIn the original story "Hansel and Gretel" by Jacob and Wihelm Grimm, their mother is portrayed as an evil mother who doesn't love her children. However in the movie Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters which debuted in 2013 it takes place fifteen years in the future and Hansel and Gretel are now witch hunters. Their mother in the movie is portrayed as somebody who loves her children and will do anything to protect them. The stereotype of the evil mother is greatly altered and diminished.In the very beginning of Hansel and Gretel there mother says "Husband, listen to me. Tomorrow at daybreak we'll take the children out to the thickest part of the forest and make a fire for them and give them each a piece of bread. Then we'll leave them and go about our work" (Grimm 111). This suggests that the mother doesn't love her children and doesn't want to care for them anymore. As the husband and wife continue to argue about what to do with the children. The wife calls the husband a fool. '"You fool!" she said. "Then all four of us will starve. You may as well start planning the boards for our coffins. And she gave him no peace until he consented" (Grimm 111). The wife forces the husband to listen to her and agree with her to abandon their children in the woods. She clearly doesn't feel any responsibility for the well-being of her children if her idea is to leave them in the woods and hope for the best.The first time the mother and father lead Hansel and Gretel into the forest, Hansel out smarted them by leaving a trail of pebbles on the ground so they could find their way back home. However this upset the mother, the next time Hansel went to go get pebbles his mother locked the door so he couldn't get anymore. The next morning there mother gave them another piece of bread but this time it was smaller than the last piece she gave them. "The women led the children still deeper into the forest, to a place where they had never been all their lives" (Grimm 113). Hansel and Gretel's mother again is trying to abandon her children in the woods and is making it impossible for them to return home.In Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters the mother is portrayed completely different than in the original story. In Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters their mother is a witch who hides her children in order to protect them from the other witches who wanted to kill them. The movie takes place fifteen years in the future from the original Hansel and Gretel. After killing their first witch Hansel and Gretel become witch hunters and go from town to town killing witches. As a result from Hansel having to eat all the candy in the original story he grew...

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