Reflection — February 5th
Hansel and Gretel, some argue, is a fairytale which teaches children not merely to be cautious about strangers offering sweets, but also how to be independent and self-reliant. Abandoned in the forest, the children search for food. In desperation they succumb to the temptation offered by the witch’s gingerbread house. They are punished for this dependence with capture, but recover enough self-reliance to escape from and kill the witch. One problem with this argument is that Hansel and Gretel are not precisely independent, instead they are mutually dependent on each other.
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