In the story “Hansel and Gretel” by Brothers Grimm, the children are abandoned by their parents twice, and each time they would appeal to God reassuring themselves that God would protect them. The true act of courage and ingenuity that the children was able to build up was because of the power of God.
In the biblical stories, God gave wisdom to Moses and was able to split the Red Sea and lead His people across and even in this fairy tale, God gave wisdom to Hansel and Gretel, allowing them to overcome dangers with their step-mother and the evil witch. As a child, one is not able to use their wits to the point of saving their lives because the minds function slowly and increase as they become older. The power of God allowed these kids to come back to their house the first time and defeat the witch of her evil scheme. Hansel, the brother, thought of ideas to be safe with her younger sister and each time, he would advise that “the Lord will protect us” (186). The Lord is referred to God and this reassures Gretel that they would be safe as long as they believed.
Coloration was also included in this fairy tale that hinted on the acts of God. Each time the two siblings are led out into the forest, Gretel says “I’m looking at my white kitten, which is sitting on the roof trying to bid me farewell” and “I’m looking at my little dove, the one sitting on the roof and trying to bid me farewell” (185-186) implying the color white, which associates to God. These invisible animals suggests that God may not be seen, but He will always watch over them. Even as they were lost in the forest, a beautiful bird, white as snow, perched on a branch and led them to a house made of sugars (187) and a white duck helped Hansel and Gretel to cross a large body of water (189). Throughout the story, the use of white is shown through animals as seen in the biblical reference of Jonah because he was able to live through the storm when a whale swallowed him up by the commands of God.
The knowledge of Hansel and Gretel and the safe return to their homes with jewels and pearls were rewarded to the kids and also punished the evil step-mother and the witch through death. The works of Satan was evident through the step-mother as well as the witch as they tried to rid of the children by abandoning them and also by trying to eat them. Evidence of support from God was shown throughout the fairy tale and showed how God can give good gifts to those who believe in Him. The strong belief of God helped the siblings to be free from Satan’s evil works and earn big rewards, giving them wisdom, wealth, and happiness.