German Fairy Tales Classification

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“Clever Hans” is a cumulative tale and a cautionary tale. It is a cumulative tale because of the repetitive scenario of Hans going to meet Gretel, getting something from her, and coming home to his mom telling him that what he did with the object/creature that Gretel gave him was wrong. It is a cautionary tale because every time his mom told him what he should have done, he does that with the next item, without thinking for himself, and in the end loses Gretel. For example he throws actual eyes at her when his mom tells him to throw flirting eyes at her. This shows that one should think by themselves using common sense and that one solution/answer does not fit all situations. “How Some Children Played at Slaughtering” was very strange. I think that it would be categorized as a cautionary tale that teaches children not to play at slaughtering and not to play with sharp objects. This is because it shows kids dying because of this and people being upset, and in the second part, the whole family ended up dying through a series of misfortune. It could also be teaching parents and adults to be careful of what they do in front of children, but the first part is strange because there doesn’t really seem to be any moral or lesson to learn. “Freddy and Katy” would be categorized as both a cautionary and an endless tale. I think this because there was no real ending since Katy just joins the thieves and people see her as the devil. Also, it teaches a lesson similar to Clever Hans that one should have some common sense and think for themselves without someone always telling them what to do. Katy always has good intentions, but she is unable to distinguish between reality and fiction and it seems like she has the mind of a child. “The Maiden without Hands” is a religious tale that could also be seen as a cautionary tale. It is a religious tale because the devil is there and

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