Short Story Review: Hansel and Gretel

Title: Hansel and Gretel
Author: Brothers Grimm
Rating: 2.5 / 5

Hello fellow readers, and welcome to another Short Story Review.

This review could be considered more of a fairy tale than a short story, but they’ll be lumped together in the future for the sake of easiness.


We all know the story of Hansel and Gretel. Their father leaves them in the forest where they chance upon a witch’s hut made of sweets. The witch wants to eat the children, but they trick her into the oven and cook her up until they chance upon their dad in the woods who takes them back home.

Its a simple story, and really quite ridiculous in modern standards, but it is sort of funny to think about.

There is a bunch of historical and metaphorical significance to the story, but it’s such a short story, that it’s easy to forget about it all.


There have been dozens of different adaptations of Hansel and Gretel since the original release in 1812, all with a bit of a unique twist.

The most interesting one I saw was two young Jewish children who get lost in the woods during World War 2. You can imagine where that story goes, but it seemed a dark and interesting story to say the least.


What Fairy Tales did you read about as a kid? Any stories that most people wouldn’t have heard of? If so, you should share them with me in the comments or on social media.
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4 thoughts on “Short Story Review: Hansel and Gretel

  1. I always hated the dad in this story. He was such a pussy to leave his kids to die in the woods because his wife told him to. I read a version of this story in ‘A Wild Swan’ by Michael Cunningham that I quite liked.

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      1. Yes, it was very different. The ‘witch’ in this story was an aging prostitute that had her home ransacked and was murdered out of plain cruelty by the young adult ‘kids.’

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