Gender And Feminist Roles In Brothers Grimm's Fairy Tales

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Children fairy tales are some of the first books we’re introduced to growing up. Typically, the princess is saved by the heroic prince and they lived “happily ever after”. Some may think our life should be like a fairy tales while others don’t. These tales created gender roles in which appeared to be very important. In the Grimm Brothers fairy tale, “Hansel and Gretel”, the parents leave the children in the forest to starve due to not having enough money to buy food in order to sustain life. The children later find a house deep in the woods where an old, evil witch lures them in and tried to eat Hansel and Gretel. They eventually kill the witch and find their way home to their father with no stepmother to be found as she has died while the children were away. In the fairy tale, “Hansel and Gretel” gender and feminist criticism are highlighted throughout the tale by defining characteristics, consequences from their actions, and societal roles and expectations that were both prominent in German history and modern society. Each character is unique in their own way. When comparing the female roles, you can easily see that the stepmother and evil witch are more similar compared to Gretel. In the journal, The History of Gender Ideology in Brothers Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Tazeen Erun states in her that “female curiosity is castigated as the death principle whereas male curiosity as a liberating, life-giving force”. The gender roles show a connection between family ties and bring

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