Plot[ edit ] The story is set in medieval Germany. Hansel and Gretel are the children of a poor woodcutter.
ARD BY a great forest dwelt a poor wood-cutter with his wife and his two children. The boy was called Hansel and the girl Gretel. He had little to bite and to break, and once when great dearth fell on the land, he could no longer procure even daily bread. Now when he thought over this by night in his bed, and tossed about in his anxiety, he groaned and said to his wife: How are we to feed our poor children, when we no longer have anything even for ourselves?
They will not find the way home again, and we shall be rid of them. The two children had also not been able to sleep for hunger, and had heard what their step-mother had said to their father.
Gretel wept bitter tears, and said to Hansel: The moon shone brightly, and the white pebbles which lay in front of the house glittered like real silver pennies.
Hansel stooped and stuffed the little pocket of his coat with as many as he could get in.
Then he went back and said to Gretel: When day dawned, but before the sun had risen, the woman came and awoke the two children, saying: We are going into the forest to fetch wood. Then they all set out together on the way to the forest.
When they had walked a short time, Hansel stood still and peeped back at the house, and did so again and again. Pay attention, and do not forget how to use your legs.
When they had reached the middle of the forest, the father said: The brushwood was lighted, and when the flames were burning very high, the woman said: When we have done, we will come back and fetch you away.
It was not the axe, however, but a branch which he had fastened to a withered tree which the wind was blowing backwards and forwards.
And as they had been sitting such a long time, their eyes closed with fatigue, and they fell fast asleep. When at last they awoke, it was already dark night. Gretel began to cry and said: They knocked at the door, and when the woman opened it and saw that it was Hansel and Gretel, she said: The children must go, we will take them farther into the wood, so that they will not find their way out again; there is no other means of saving ourselves!
He who says A must say B, likewise, and as he had yielded the first time, he had to do so a second time also. The children, however, were still awake and had heard the conversation.This fairy tale website, compiled by Pittsburgh University, includes Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm's version of Hansel and Gretel.
You can also find a number of fairy tales which are similar to . hansel and gretel Once upon a time, on the edge of a great forest, there lived a very poor woodcutter with his wife and his two children, Hansel and Gretel. His second wife often ill-treated the children and was forever nagging the woodcutter.
Near the borders of a large forest dwelt in olden times a poor wood-cutter, who had two children—a boy named Hansel, and his sister, Gretel. Fairy tale: Hansel and Gretel - Grimm. Near a great forest there lived a poor woodcutter and his wife, and his two children, the boy's name was Hansel and the girl's Grethel.
They had very little to bite or to sup, and once, when there was great dearth in /10(K). Classic Fairy Tales – Hansel and Gretel Story. Once upon a time. a poor woodcutter lived in a small cottage on the boundaries of a dark forest together with his twins, Hansel and Gretel.
"Hansel and Gretel" is the classic version of an Aarne-Thompson-Uther type A tale. The episode of burning the witch in her own oven is classified as type Another type A tale known to the Grimms is "Ninnillo and Nennella" from The Pentamerone (day 5, tale 8) of Giambattista Basile ().