Throughout the history of folklore stepmothers are portrayed as evil and self-centered. They always become a major complication and the outcome isn’t good at all, although “stepmothers” have an important role as the antagonist and the one who helps to develop the protagonist. In the story of Hansel and Gretel their step mothers characteristic are quite clearing; her fear of dying from starvation; fully human yet fully horrid and concerned only with her own welfare was evident in the story. It is because of the stepmother that Hansel and Gretel become so independent and brave. Also, while reading I noticed that the stepmother refers to Hansel and Gretel as, "Naughty children" after they have returned home from the first visit from the forest claiming that they slept for too long and that she and their father was worried about them. This language is used by the Grimm brothers to add to her nasty character because by blaming the children she isn’t avoiding her own incrimination. The stepmother is an important character that is used in many tales such as Snow White, Cinderella, and this one, Hansel and Gretel.
Witch’s also played a major act in many folktales. For example in “Repunzel” the witch also plays a malignant role. The witches either help the character develop or are just an obstacle for the character... [continues]
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