Comparing Hansel And Gretel By Hansel Essay

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Many variations of the same folktale can be found in different parts of the world, adapted to suit the culture and values of the people who listen to and tell them. Hansel and Gretel is the story of two young children who fall into a trap after getting lost in the woods. The most well-known version of this tale is Hansel and Gretel, a story that originated in Germany and was published by the Brothers Grimm in 1857 but is said to have originated in the 13th century. Old Grule is an 1889 variation of the tale from Moravia in which the two children’s disobedience and leads them to trouble. The Politically Correct Story of Hansel and Gretel is a 2002 parody of the original story. All three variations, though similar in story, have differences in their purpose, plot and writing style that have been made to suit the varying values of the people and their cultures.

Each of the variations of Hansel and Gretel are told to serve a different purpose due to the cultural differences of their origins. The original story by the Brothers Grimm was a tale that many Christian German children grew up with. In this tale God is mentioned many times, for example when the siblings are left to fend for themselves and Hansel assures Gretel that God will not forsake them. The story was told during the time of the Great Famine where morale was low, to positively reinforce the German childrens’ faith in God. Old Grule tells of two children who get into trouble due to their disobedience. The tale…

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