September 13, 2015

In The Brothers Grimm version of Hansel and Gretel, the mother was cold enough to want to get rid of her children all together.  Throughout the movie, Hansel and Gretel’s mother was rude and harsh to them when they let the donkey in the house and she did things that I could not imagine anyone’s mother being able to do but she was never harsh enough to leave her children in the woods.  Also, in the movie version of the story, Hansel and Gretel’s mother was the one to send the kids into the woods but in the story it is the step-mother that sends her children away.  The director made these changes to make the story less dramatic and less serious.  In the story written by the Grimm brothers, the siblings went into the woods twice but in the movie they went in only once before they found the gingerbread house with the witch. Also, the fairytale version of the story makes Hansel and Gretel more selfish than in the movie because they end the story with the children finding the pearls, jewels and money in the witch’s house.  In the MGM version of this same story, Hansel and Gretel seem like they did a great thing for other people by saving children that were also lost in the woods and they were given the jewels to become rich.  They were not snooping around the witch’s house but instead they had been rewarded with fortune.


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