Hansel and Gretel didn't become a classic for nothing. This seemingly simple fairy tale about two kids who defeat the wicked witch deals with numerous popular literary motifs. It's known in numerous versions, today often sanitized to avoid unnecessary fear of one's kids - to be abandoned by their own parents.
Even in its most politically correct versions Hansel and Gretel offer so much it's only fair to further explore some of the most known themes in this immortal fairy tale.
Why? Even a vague analysis can give us an impression of the elements crucial for successful literature. Not only literature for children but literature in general.
Here are 10 themes from Hansel and Gretel.