SYMBOLISM IN HANSEL AND GRETEL A fairy tale is a type of a short fairytale that typically features European folkloric fantasy characters, such as dwarves, elves, witches and usually magic or enchantments . One such fairytale is HANSEL AND GRETEL (German: ' 'Hänsel und Gretel ' '). It was originally written by Giambattista Basile. However, it was later adapted by Brothers Grimm. The fairytale is of German origin and was written for the middle-class readers of the 19th century.
Her greed for food causes her to make egotistic decisions which may be the reason for her death later on in the tale. Hansel and Gretel are faced with temptation when they come across the witch’s house deep in the forest, “[t]he old woman had only pretended to be so kind… she was a wicked witch who waylaid children and had built her house out of bread to entice them” (145). It is their temptation that leads them into a precarious situation, which almost brings them to their death. The children find a particular temptation in not the foods that are the most filling, but those that are the sweetest, something to question when they claim to be so hungry: “‘I’ll take a piece of the roof. You Gretel, had better take some of the window; it’s sweet.’” (145).
One of the most important factors in fairy tales are the important and basic needs of mankind, mainly- food, home, and clothes. Most of the fairy tales are based on the absence or presence of at least one of the components. Authors have written about the society norms and cultures during their time on account of these details. For example, in Beauty and the Beast by De Beaumont, the author has widely used the components of clothing and jewelry to express the people’s greedy and selfish nature. Beauty’s step sisters always yearned for expensive and materialistic things but finally ended up not being happy with their marriages.
Therefore, the focus of fairy tales, whether oral, written, or cinematic, has always been on finding magical instruments, extraordinary technologies, or powerful people and animals that will enable protagonists to transform themselves along with their environment, making it more suitable for living in peace and contentment.” This relates back to the idea that fairytales are given more value when they are able to teach lessons and are able to establish a well-balanced environment. Concepts like good and evil depicted in novels such as Wicked provide meanings to these tales which ultimately give children a source to gain more
Justyna Deszcz wrote an article based on Zipes’ political and socio-historical approach and added a variety of facts she had collected from many other authors and articles. Deszcz believes that the reason we have shifted into the submissive and “family-friendly” theme of fairy tales is because “the fairytale has been reduced to a mass-produced commodity, to be purchased and owned, and to bring in considerable profit. What is more, the fairytale is being used as a source and a vehicle of powerful self-mirroring images affirming the existing value system, and thus lulling audiences into passivity and compliance.” This point proves that the original thought of harsh realities needing to be exposed in story telling has converted to just being a profitable way to tell simple-minded children’s
Mother and Father started looking for Hansel and Gretel in their secret treehouse. “ There you are ! !” Mother was going on and on about how worried she was getting! “ What are you doing in here?” father asked. “We were just tidying it up, it was a surprise for you guys, but good thing you came just in time, we just finished!” Hansel said.
(Wilde , 89 ). His narcissism and his search for morality represent the struggle between good and evil. The magical element is represented by the portrait painted by Basil. It symbolizes the wickedness and the corruption of Dorian Gray’s soul, his lack of morality. The last fairy tale element in the novel is the fact that the hero is recognised by his belongings, his rings: “Lying on the floor was a dead man, in evening dress, with a knife in his heart.
Stories such as The Lorax and The Sneetches are read to young children often stick with them throughout adulthood in many different ways. The morals of those stories help to teach people what our parents cannot. When people read those stories as children, they often miss the significance of certain elements in them. As these children become adults, they begin to realize just how important those books were, as well as the underlying darkness in them. In certain books such as Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan, the morals of the stories are not as easy to miss.
Fairy tales are very powerful stories that have been told to many generations. These are different forms of stories that hold messages for their audiences. These messages are expressed through the various characters in the fairy tales and the techniques used by the author have to portray these messages and re-enforce the importance of them to the audience. In this essay, I will be critically examining a fairy tale of my choice. I will be identifying the similarities and distinguishing the differences between two versions of the fairy tale.
The morals and theme that authors pass to their readers repeat each other infinitely. J.K. Rowling writes another fairy tale in The Tales of Beedle the Bard named “The Wizard and The Hopping Pot.” In this story, a young boy must be taught a lesson by his father, trying his best to ignore the warning given by the old man, he does not learn until the end that it was best to listen to his father the whole time. Hence, paralleling the overall outline of Where the Wild Things Are. Although the evils in both stories are different, the theme repeats as well. The differences between the aforesaid stories can create a distinction between the societies as well.