Monday, January 10, 2011

A Grimm Challenge: Hansel and Gretel

Grimm Story Hansel and Gretel
Tales Read10 from the Barnes and Nobel classic eBook edition

So. Hansel and Gretel is one of Grimm's tales that most of us are familiar with, and surprisingly what I already knew was very similar to what I read. The evil step-mother wants to get rid of the kids so they lead them into the forest, trail of bread crumbs, candy house, witch... the whole shebang. It was actually quite cute that the two siblings loved each other so much to look out for one another.

The only thing that I can think of that was different was after they killed the witch by pushing her in the oven, her house was full of stack of pearls. So the took all they could carry, went back to their dad, the step mother now dead, and had money problems no longer. That made me laugh.

I love the sibling loyalty in this tale. And also picturing a candy house is always interesting.


  1. In a way, I guess the mainstream, popularly-known version of Hansel and Gretel is pretty violent to begin with. Considering the reputation they've got for being nastier, though, I'm surprised the Grimm version wasn't any more... gruesome.

    Also, candy is good.

  2. I never like Grimm's fairytaile when I was young. Maybe I should revisit them now - perhaps they won't give me the willys like they did them.
    Nice review!

  3. @R I've read a couple that live up to the ... well grim version of the fairy tale. But there have been a few that have been really, really pleasant. AND ended happily!

    @Alex The only version of the tales I know are the Disney version... maybe I should make this resolution number six.


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