The Dark Woods (Autosaved).docx - Hallak 1 Gourgios Hallak Prof Shekhtman Writing-201-010 1 March 2017 The Dark Woods In every fairytale you may read

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Hallak 1 Gourgios Hallak Prof. Shekhtman Writing-201-010 1 March 2017 The Dark Woods In every fairytale you may read, there are hidden metaphors among the characters and storyline, although many may not concur to the fact that they are present. Unlike current day versions of fairytales such as “Hansel and Gretel” or “Little Red Riding Hood”, each of these tales expresses a type of abstract moral existing in reality. The Dark Woods in the tales “Hansel and Gretel” by Grimm Brothers” and poem “Gretel in Darkness” by Louise Gluck show a distraught brother and sister abandoned by their father in the Dark Woods. The children left alone discover that not everything is as perfect as it seems and that the real world is a very dark and frightening place. In regards to adolescence and adulthood the Dark Woods play a significant role in the introductory process by stripping the children from their innocence and allowing them to channel into qualities such as independence, responsibility, emotional strength and mental intelligence. First, the display of abandonment in “Hansel and Gretel” is the driving point in the sibling’s transition from childhood (adolescence) in adulthood. The author describes, “Night fell but the woodcutter did not return. Hansel too felt scared but he tried to hide his feelings and comfort his sister. “Don’t cry, trust me! I swear I’ll take you home even if Father doesn’t come back for us…Cold, tired but thankful to be home again, they slipped into bed” (Grimm 2). This event showed Hansel’s strength and responsibilities for his sister which are two qualities that are instrumental in adulthood and the abandonment in the forest is what brought out these qualities. However, the next day their stepmother discovered that they had returned and she immediately ordered their father to lead them out into the forest again. Not only were they abandoned once by their father “their protector” they had to go through that a second time.
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