Hansel and Gretel: Into the Woods


By Marta

The world’s a forest, in which all lose their way; though by a different path each goes astray. – George Villiers

Hansel and Gretel is a familiar fairy tale that many of us grew up with. It is German in origin and was written down by the Brothers Grimm in the early nineteenth century.

The story tells the tale of Hansel and Gretel, the only children of a woodcutter. Not only is the family poor, but a great famine has struck the land. It is the woodcutter’s second wife, Hansel and Gretel’s stepmother, who concocts a wicked scheme to get rid of the children. She plans to lead them deep into the woods so they will become permanently lost, leaving two fewer mouths to feed in the family.

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