Analysis Of ' The Brothers Grimm '

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Thesis The Brothers Grimm are telling different versions of the same tale, however, they are using both pieces to illustrate human behaviors and characteristics through the use of both young and old characters to provide a deeper meaning and to challenge the idealisms that a person grows up with. Similarity 1 — The role of religion & food as a catalyst The bread and the apple both make a small but important appearance in Hansel and Gretel and The Juniper Tree respectively. Representing the catalyst that either launches the story into it’s plot or facilitates the plot development, the plot device concludes with the children being swept into the magical aspect of the tale. However, that is not their only purpose as they serve as allusions to the Bible by the placement and how they play their role in the stories. At communion, a person receives a piece of bread and a cup of wine to represent the blood and the body of Jesus Christ. In Hansel and Gretel, the siblings are using the bread not only to sustain themselves and guide their way back home, but as a symbol that they are Holy and of God’s good faith, demonstrated by the repetition of Hansel speaking to Gretel that “God will not forsake us” and that “The Lord will protect us” (185, 186). In the same instance, the husband says to his wife that she should share more of her bread with the children, which would be a noble and godly act, by which she ignores, assuming that she is associating with the devil (186). The apple as
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