It is not a story for children
We all know the story of Hansel and Gretel which has been reproduced in greater or lesser extent, by almost all literature. However, the story we read when we were just children, it’s just a false adaptation of what Grimm brothers actually wrote.
Actual events speak of the much cruder situation that existed in medieval times.
To refresh your memory, remember that Hansel and Gretel were a couple of siblings, kids of a poor woodcutter who, with his wife, decides to leave them because they had no way to feed the children. They take them deep into the forest and Hansel (in an intelligent attempt not to get lost) leaves breadcrumbs on the way to return home after being abandoned. However, birds eat the crumbs and they can not return.
They found after two days wandering in the forest, a house made of sugar and ginger. Tempted by the sweet, Hansel and Gretel enter the house and are captured by the witch, who locks Hansel in a cage and abuses of Gretel making her do all the duties. After the days pass by and they’re still there, the witch feeds them more than they could bear, to fatten them and eat them alive. After a while, she leads them inside the house and asks Gretel to check how warm the oven is. But children notice the trap and push the witch to the fire. She dies and they leave with all her money. They return with their father and live without going hungry ever again in their lives.
That is, roughly, the story that people and books always told us. Now, pay attention, this is what he really meant Grimm brothers at writing the tale Hansel and Gretel.
First, it should be understood that it is NOT a story for children, because of course, if what you read is a story of two little ones who come to a house of sweets and escape from a witch making happily ever after, the first idea that appears is that, indeed, is “children’s story”.
However, if we say that Hansel and Gretel story has as literary basis the cannibalism, infanticide, and neglect, would we think the same?
The tale of Grimm Brothers main axis is the idea that hunger dominates the world and life. That is why, in extreme situations, cannibalism was a regular horror. Yes, it is true, in Middle Ages people ate to each other owed to the hunger. The father of the two siblings then decided to leave them in the woods NO by default, but to protect them from danger that lay in his own hunger. On the other other hand, the witch who lives in the house of sweets doesn’t exist, she is, rather, a “strop” invention of the story to camouflage the true mother figure. She was the one who wanted to eat them and it was she who finally died by her own ambition.
Hansel and Gretel is and will be a reflect of what was as crude as usual in medieval villages reality. The story, in a brilliant artistic game, reaches the ears of children today announced what it was, and even what could be, if the circumstances were the same as hundreds of years ago.
Reading can be really awesome when interpreting rightly the things you read, letting your imagination fly is important to enjoy the moment, but also understanding the context in which the tales are involved is important to really comprehend the point of the writer. If you ever need help with finding missing persons, then click here for Chicago private investigations help.
An innocent story with much more of history than expected.