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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Fairy Tale Journal


  1. Within the tale of Hansel and Gretel there are five elements that stick out right away to the reader. The first element is that of the good character. Hansel and Gretel do nothing but listen to their parents even when they overhear them talking about taking them into the woods to die. They still obey and listen regardless of the death that may await them in the morning. They are both innocent and clever. Hansel decides to use the shiny pebbles to get back to the house while Gretel was the one who was able to shove the witch into the oven. The second element is that of a bad character. From the beginning of the story the reader is able to see the mother plot to get rid of the children. She does this so she can live in happiness with her husband and not have to worry about two more mouths to feed. She ends up living her dream, but it is short lived because she dies. We also see the evil character of the witch who lives in the bread house. She tries to fatten up the children so she can eat them but ends up being burnt to death in her own stove that she was going to cook the children in. The third element is that of poverty that is displayed in Hansel and Gretel’s household. The setting is made when we find that the country has been in a great famine and the woodcutter is not going to be able to provide enough for the daily meals. The fourth element found is that of the ending words. The tale ends with “and they lived together in utmost joy” (214). Most fairy tales end with “and they lived happily ever after” but this is pretty much the same type of ending. The last element that is found is that of magic and enchantments. The house that the wicked witch lives in is not one that anyone would ordinarily find in the middle of the woods. The walls of the house are bread, the roof is made of cake, and pure sugar was used for the windows.
    C. Haddan

  2. The first fairy tale element I see in Hansel and Gretel is the children as good and innocent characters. Another element is evil characters represented by the stepmother and the witch. They start off in poverty but become wealthy. The universal hope of having enough food and love is at the heart of this story. The children are hungry and the stepmother doesn’t love the children and tries to get rid of them. The fairy tale ending is present, “Now all their troubles were over, and they lived together in utmost joy".

  3. Excellent! Again the stepmother has to take all of the blame. I think this should be another added element!
    Ms. T

  4. Good Characters: Hansel, Gretel, Father
    -Hansel and Gretel were of course the main characters and therefore the good characters. They were obedient to their father even though they knew they would be left behind in the woods. With the witch, Gretel obeyed her commands to cook food in order to make Hansel Gretel. Even though Gretel tricked the witch into climbing into the oven, she did this in order to survive.
    -The father is also a good character because he did not wish to leave his children in the forest but felt obligated. He also did not live happily after he had left them in the forest both times.

    Evil Characters: Stepmother, Witch
    -The stepmother is typically the evil character in most stories, including this one. She never liked Hansel or Gretel and the famine was a perfect opportunity for her to get rid of them. When the children came back the first time, she blamed the children for staying in the forest even though she had left them there.
    -The witch was of course an evil character. She wished to kill and eat the children but her own lack of wit was what killed her. She insulted the children and used them almost as slaves.

    Poverty: Because the father was a poor woodcutter, the whole family was in poverty. The famine that hit their country did not help their conditions. It was the lack of food and money that caused the father to ditch his children in the forest in order to survive.

    Magic/Enchantment: Although the witch did not directly use magic, her house could be considered magical in a way. She had built it in a way that children would be lured into her house. She also pretended to be nice the first day she met the children. There was some sort of magic also used at the end of the story with the duck. When the children were stuck on one side of the river with no boat or bridge, Gretel simply spoke to the duck and it helped them.

    Numbers: Like in most fairytales, Hansel and Gretel faced three different challenges. The first was to survive and find their way out of the forest and back home. Hansel saved them by leaving a trail of pebbles which they followed back to their house at night by the light of the moon. The second challenge was to come out alive from the witch’s house. Gretel tricked the witch into climbing into the oven and was able to kill her and free them from the house. The last challenge came when they needed to cross the river. Again, Gretel accomplished this by speaking to the duck which led them across the river.

  5. When I read Hansel and Gretel, I saw elements pop out right away.
    Hansel and Gretel were good children and listen to their parents, which would consider them the good character(s). Even though the children over heard that they would be taken into the woods die.
    The second element I saw was that of a bad character, the stepmother and witch. This seems like a very realistic plot but also a way to show how jealous people can be. The stepmother is selfish and jealous to get rid of the children just so she can have their father to herself and be able to feed herself. The witch is a bad character because she tried to fatten the children for herself but is killed by being pushed into her own oven.
    The third element was that of poverty. The father is a poor woodcutter and there was a great famine among the whole country.
    The fourth element I found in this fairy tale was magic and enchantments. The house is made completely of cake, and the windows were made of sugar. We wish this could be real but in fairy tales, this always seems to happen.
    The final element I found in this story was the ending of words. Hansel and Gretel ends with “and they lived together in utmost joy.”


  6. The first element is brought up at the beginning of the tale with Hansel. Hansel is a kind, innocent, and clever character. He never leaves his little sister and is clever enough to think of a way to find their way back home. He is also helped by others, Gretel, his sister helps him out of the pen after she shoves the witch into the burning oven. This action also shows Gretel as a good character.
    The second element is the evil character. In this case it's the evil mother and the witch of the forest. The mother plans to get rid of her children and abandon them in the forest. She pays her dues by dying later in the story and doesn't get the opportunity to enjoy the riches as the father and children do. The witch wants to kill, cook, and eat the children but at the end she gets shoved into the hot oven by Gretel and burns to death.
    The third element is poverty. Hansel and Gretel live in poverty. Their parents don't have but a few pieces of bread to feed on after the country is brought down by famine. For this reason, it is that the mother wants to abandon the children in the forest.
    The fourth element is magic and enhancements. At the end of the story Hansel and Gretel need to cross a river and are helped by a duck. This duck talks and understands the plea of the children.
    The final element is universal truths. The tale does point out the extreme poverty families used to live in, and still live in today. One of the fathers' hopes was to have enough food to feed his children and be able to keep them.

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  9. Hansel and Gretel,

    evail person MOm Dad and the witch

    mom and dad wants to get ride of the kids .
    The witch wants to eat the kids ..

    Magic. the candy house the animasl .

    The kids fine there way back home

  10. The first element I captured from the beginning of the story was poverty. The family was already poor to begin with, and then a famine hit that affected the entire country to top it off. The poor family was starving, basically surviving on nothing. This then leads to the next element, the evil stepmother. She eagerly wanted to get rid of the children. So she masters up a plan to get rid of them and, unfortunately, convinces her husband to go along with it.
    And so the next element is the good characters, Hansel and Gretel. The poor children still obey their parents, even after knowing what was in store for them. But they were smart kids and came up with a plan to survive and make it back home alive. However the second time they didn’t get so lucky.
    The fourth element was enchantment. Trying to make it back home the second time, the children come across a home made up of cake, sugar and bread. In reality, this type of house would NEVER exist in a forest! So starving, the children munch away, and soon they meet the old woman who “lives” in the home. They discover that she’s a witch who lured them to the home, and is planning on having them for dinner.
    The last element I found was the guardian, the duck. The children speak to it, asking for its help across the river and it seems to understand. One at a time, it safely and quickly brings the children across the river.


  11. 1. Both Hansel and Gretel can be thought of as tricksters, but in a good way. Gretel tricks the witch into going inside of the oven where she roasts to death. Hansel tricks the witch by holding out a bone so that the she continues to believe he isn't gaining weight and therefore won't eat him.
    2. There are two typically evil characters in this story. The first is the stepmother, who convinces her husband to abandon his children in the woods to basically starve to death, or be eaten by wild animals. The other is the witch who built a house made from sweets in order to lure children to their untimely deaths.
    3. Hansel and Gretel's family is very poor. So poor in fact that their parents decide to get rid of them so that the whole family won't die of starvation. But thanks to the treasure the children take from the witch's house, their poverty comes to an end along with the story.
    4. There is a play on numbers in this fairytale. On the third of being away from home, Hansel and Gretel are saved from certain death by stumbling onto the witch's house made out of edible materials. There are three trials the children have to overcome: the abandonment by their parents, having to kill the witch to escape death, and crossing the river on a kind duck to find the way home. God is invoked three times throughout the story. Finally, three white animals are mentioned- a cat, a beautiful bird, and the duck.
    5. The ultimate battle between good and evil is when Gretel pushes the witch into the oven. The witch literally burns for her sins. Gretel does this not only to save her brother and herself, but also to save any other children who would have stumbled upon the house and potentially be eaten by the witch

    A. Valles

  12. -Good characters: Hansel, Gretel
    -Evil characters: Mother who acts as the evil mastermind who plots to abandon her children, the Father who acts as the evil hunchman (carries out mothers plots), the witch who wants to devour the children as her own homecooked meal.
    Poverty: Hansel and Gretel's family is starving, poor.
    Magic: The candies house, the duck that carries the two kids across the river.
    Happy ending: The evil characters all die, as usual (even their step-mother!)
    Sounds very similar to Beauty and the Beast-evil female characters, a stupid dad who goes along with anything, happy ending, evil women get what they deserve.
    I like!