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In Hansel and Gretel and Snow White there are many comparisons that arise within the two stories In Hansel and Gretel the childrens presence creates hardships for the parents and because of this life turns problematic for the children In Snow White it is not any external difficulty such as poverty but the relations between her and her parents which create the problematic situation In Hansel and Gretel and Snow White the mother insists that the children must be gotten rid of The children are brought into the forest and abandoned from their parents The story Hansel and Gretel begins realistically The parents are poor and they worry about how they will be able to take care of their children Together at night they discuss their predicament and how they can deal with it Even taken on this surface level the folk fairy tale conveys an important although unpleasant truth Poverty and deprivation do not improve mans character but rather make him more selfish less sensitive to the sufferings of others and thus prone to embark on evil deeds Therefore in Hansel and Gretel the childrens presence creates hardships for the parents and because of this life turns problematic for the children In Snow White it is not any external difficulty such as poverty but the relations between her and her parents which create the problematic situation Snow Whites stepmother begins to feel threatened by Snow Whites beauty and becomes jealous The ready acceptance of the hunter figure as a suitable image of a strong and protective father figure as opposed to the many ineffectual fathers such as the one in Hansel and Gretel must relate to associations which attach themselves to this figure In the unconscious the hunter is seen as the symbol of protection In this connection we
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