Franisha Lora Mootz
English 1020 Paper 1
February 28, 2008
Word Count: 1088
Words Quoted: 25
Hansel and Gretel
Deep, deep, into a far away forest lived a poor man with his wife and two children. His daughter’s name was Gretel and his son’s name was Hansel. Hansel and Gretel had a wicked stepmother that did not like the children and wanted to get rid of them. The stepmother was very selfish and did not care about the well being of the children at all. The family was running short on food and the man worried about what the family would eat to survive. The father was a craftsman and did not make much money. The wicked stepmother suggested that the man take the children to the forest at daybreak and leave them in the forest never to return home again. I can’t imagine the thought of my young children being left in the forest with all the wild animals lurking around. They will surely be eaten alive by the tigers and lions, the man said. The man very sad, but desperate finally agreed. As the sun began to rise the next morning the stepmother and father took the children deep into the woods to cut wood. The stepmother gave each child a large piece of bread and said firmly, do not eat this bread until dinner. It is all you will get and you will starve if you eat it to soon. Hours went by as they all walked deeper into the woods. All along, Hansel had been pinching small pieces of bread off leaving a trail just in case they got lost and could not find their way back home. Finally, night started approaching and it began to get dark and cold so the father built a nice toasty fire. Sit down children and rest said the stepmother. We have been walking the entire day and you both must be tired said the mean stepmother. Hansel and Gretel were so exhausted from the long day that they were delighted to be able to take a rest. Eventually, they both drifted off to sleep. The next morning when they awoke they found that their...
Cited: Foster, Thomas. How to Read Literature Like a Professor. First Edition. New York, NY: Harper Collins, 2003.
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