Hansel and Gretel is the story of two German children who discover a house made of confections in the woods near their house. The candy house is inhabited by a witch who feeds the children sweets so she can cook and eat them. When Gretel is asked to light the fire in order to cook Hansel, she pushes the witch into the oven instead and slams the door.Continue Reading
Hansel and Gretel are initially led into the woods near their home by their father. He takes them there begrudgingly at the request of their mother, who insists she does not have enough money to feed the whole family. After overhearing their parents' plan, Hansel and Gretel devise a plan to leave a trail of bread crumbs in their wake as their father leads them into the woods, so that they might find their way home.
After defeating the witch, the children eventually find their way back to their father's house at the edge of the wood. Their mother has conveniently died in their absence, leaving the children to lead happy lives with their father.
Hansel and Gretel was recently adapted for film in 2013. In the film, the protagonists are portrayed as teenage witch hunters.Learn more about Folklore