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oAre there any gender issues here?Can we think of any other male/femaleand animal connections in fairy tales?Characters of parentsStepmom hateful, stronger personalityoStepmom and witch: verbally abusive, cruel, deceitful, unnaturaloWitch: ugly, physically deformed; cannibal: physical mirrors the soul/selfoWomen in fairy tales often seem to beWeak and good (dead mom in Snow White, Cinderella, etc.)Strong and bad (stepmother in Snow White, Cinderella, etc.)Dad loves children, but weak, ineffective against stronger wifeoMen tend to be ineffective, weak, or absent in fairy talesoNote that the children live happily ever after ONLY with their fatheroMother/witch is gone/deadHop O/ My Thumb & Molly WhuppieHop O’ My Thumb & Molly Whuppie as trickster figuresHop O’ My Thumb & Whuppie the youngest sibling – youngest, weakest, son/daughterovercoming odds, giants, etc. – a common motif in fairy talesHop O’ My Thumb: father the one who instigates getting rid of children; in Molly both seemequally responsibleWitch replaced by ogre & his familyOgre kills own childrenHop O’ My Thumb & Molly steal ogre’s possessions, gain great wealth and spouses withthemErrands/labors/trials for king (and others in case of Hop O’ My Thumb)Hop O’ My Thumb amasses great wealth, supports familyMolly rewarded with a princeCleverness, resourcefulness of these heroesMolly as strong female figure11
ENGL 360: Literature for ChildrenHop O’ My ThumbHelps familyReaders don’t usually have problemsJust does it to be freeAuthor builds sympathy for HopYoungest, weakest, smallestWomen – nurturing mother roleFather embody the evil stepmotherMolly WhuppieTricksterHelp familyBad (guy) girlOrge bad = deserves itReaders have moral problemsShe knows and plansYoungest, weakest, smallestWomen – nurturing mother roleYoung girls leave home and end up marrying princes instead of returningModern Hansel & Gretel TalesFractured Fairy Tales – Hansel and GretelOriginally created as “Fractured Fairy Tales” segment in Rocky and Bullwinkle CartoonsPure nonsenseThe kids are not victimsFamily faces starvation because father keeps getting distracted by trees and cutsthem down rather than getting foodParents go nuts; Hansel and Gretel set out to rescue family from hungerNotice that in this version, Hansel’s plan to drop corn is “for the birds” and Gretel isthe clever one who realizes this!Children are on adventureMom & dad are nutsKids outsmart the witch but don’t kill herThe witch and every other adult are incompetentGretel teachers the witch how to fly – doesn’t teach her how to landChildren have a dark sideo“There’s a little witch in all of us girls” – GretelNote the description of the witch’s house: might be any house in SuburbiaWitch incompetent; the kids are never in dangeroOnly capable of turning children into aardvarksoBurdened by having to uphold “the witches’ tradition”oGretel has to teach her how to ride a broom – This seems significant givenpresence of female witches throughout tales and Tatar argument aboutstepmother/mother=witch aspect of Hansel & Gretel – also, seems to tie intoGarth Nix version of the taleoWitch still orbiting Earth because she never learned how to land, so she’sgone, but not deadFamily remains intact: Mom doesn’t die in the interim; father has learned to huntMom is no longer hungryThe kids are not responsible for the prosperity of the family as they are in the

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Term
Spring
Professor
ROBINSON
Tags
Fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood, Literature for Children, Hornbooks

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