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English / Hansel and Gretel (a short story), an assignment
« on: April 21, 2010, 12:27:32 PM »

Hansel and Gretel


Hansel and Gretel are brother and sister. Their father is a woodcutter, they live on the edge of a forest. They are happy till their father married again. The stepmother of these children doesn’t like them. She has asked her husband to abandon Hansel and Gretel in the deep of the forest. Woodcutter is being influenced by her wife and attempt to send the children into the deep forest. His first attempt is failed because of the intelligent Hansel. Hansel uses white pebbles that shine in the moonlight and they come to their home. But the Woodcutter sends them again, and this time Hansel uses bread to find the way to return but the bards eat those scrap of butter. They don’t know how to return to their home. They find out a cottage made of various types of foods. The owner of the cottage is a Witch. She welcomes the children and acts as she loves them. She wants to eat the flesh of them, firstly she tries to eat Hansel. But she is failed because of intelligence of Gretel. Gretel attacks the witch into the oven in the first chance. Then the witch makes promise to give Gretel the magic stick and will not do bad things. Gretel brings out her brother from the chicken house where Hansel was kept. After that the witch becomes good and lives with the children. Hansel and Gretel are happy and call his father through the magic stick whenever they want.

Critical comment:

This is a short story especially for children, besides children the adults also can enjoy the story and learn. The woodcutter family was happy till his second marriage, it shows that his lack of wisdom caused him danger. He is so foolish that he abandoned his children. Hansel and Gretel have used their intelligence in trouble rather than feared the situation. They also possess love for their father.

Moral: Use your intelligence whenever you are in trouble.

Armina Ali
MA student
Department of English

Well done!


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