Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel

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  • Hansel and Gretel
  • During the Great Famine in Europe, 1315-1317, disease and mass famine was a huge issue. The usual well balanced and stable European's began to invest time in infanticides and cannibalism because there was no food to take care of their children. They would leave their children in the woods, like Hansel and Gretel were left because there was simply no other choice.  The witch in the story is inspired by the real Katharina Schraderin. Katharina was an amazing baker in Germany, so amazing that male bakers were jealous of her talent. So male baker, Hans Metzler, tries to court her for her recipes, but she realises and declines his offer.  Jealous of her baking abilities, Hans declares Katharina a witch before the court. Although, the court isn't convinced and Katharina isn't convicted. Still angry,  Hans and his sister, Grete, follow Katharina home one afternoon and murder her before burning her body in the oven. 
  • Somebody
  • Wanted
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  • But
  • Hansel and Gretel are left by their parents in the forest because they couldn't afford to take care of them. 
  • So
  • The kids stumble upon a beautiful home, made of candy and gingerbread. They were so intrigued when the old lady living inside noticed them and invited them inside. The kids wanted to take refuge here.
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  • The old lady was actually a cannibalistic witch who wanted to eat Hansel and Gretel.
  • The old lady who invited them inside deceived them by overfeeding them with delicious treats. Her true goal was not to be kind, but to cook Hansel and Gretel for dinner, but they found out soon later. 
  • The kids manage to outsmart the witch and throw her in the oven, taking their place. 
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