Monday, October 10, 2016

The Story of Hansel and Gretel

          There once lived a poor woodcutter, his wife and their 2 children, Hansel and Gretel. Unfortunately, their mother died when they were young and his father remarried thus making Hansel and Gretel living with a stepmother. When a great famine settles over the land, the woodcutter's abusive second wife decides to take the children into the woods. Her plan was to abandon the children into the woods because the children eat way too much, so that's the only solution for them to not starve to death. However, her husband, Hansel and Gretel's father, opposed the plan but finally he agreed with the idea. While talking about their plan, they were unaware that Hansel and Gretel have overheard them from the children's bedroom. After the parents have gone to bed, Hansel sneaks out of the house and gathers as many bread as he can, then returns to his room, reassuring Gretel that God will not forsake them.
                    Two day later, the family took a trip into the woods. As they walked down the forest, Hansel left some bread crumbs every time they went deeper into the forest. Then, their parents left them as they were in the heart of the forest. Unfortunately, the bread crumbs were eaten by some local birds, thus making them completely lost. 
          After days of wandering, they follow a beautiful white bird to a clearing in the woods, where they discover a large cottage built of gingerbread and cakes with window panes of clear sugar and a candy-cane door handle. Hungry and tired, the children begin to eat the rooftop of the candy house when the door opens. A hideous old hag emerges and lures them inside with the promise of soft beds and delicious food. Unaware that their hostess is a bloodthirsty witch who built the gingerbread house to lure children to her to cook and eat them, the children enter the house.
          The following morning the witch locks Hansel in a cage, and forces Gretel into becoming a slave. The witch force-feeds Hansel regularly to fatten him up, but he cleverly offers a bone and the witch feels it, thinking it is his finger. Due to her blindness, she is fooled into thinking Hansel is still too thin to eat. After weeks of this, the witch grows impatient and decides to eat Hansel anyway.
          The witch prepares the oven for Hansel, but decides to kill Gretel as well. She coaxes Gretel to open the oven and prods her to lean over in front of it to see whether the fire is hot enough. Sensing the witch's intent, Gretel pretends that she does not understand what she is being told to do. Infuriated, the witch demonstrates and Gretel instantly shoves her into the oven and slams and bolts the door shut. Gretel frees Hansel from the cage and the pair discover a vase full of treasure and precious stones. Putting the jewels into their clothing, the children set off for home.
          A swan ferries them across an expanse of water. When they reach the house, they discover that their stepmother has died and that their father has spent his days mourning his children's deaths. When he sees them, he becomes happy again. The family becomes rich thanks to the witch's treasure and they all live happily ever after.
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The illustration of Hansel and Gretel

       Nabila Hadini
       Rafi Musthafa

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