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The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm - Clever Hans Summary & Analysis

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Clever Hans Summary

A man goes six times to visit his suitor. Each time he brings her nothing, but rather demands a gift from her. The man either loses or destroys each gift. His mother instructs Hans how he should have treated the gift, and Hans tries to follow her advice. After misunderstanding his mother's advice to "cast friendly eyes" on Gretel, Gretel runs away and will have nothing more to do with Hans.

Clever Hans Analysis

This tale is almost a riddle that must be figured out. The title of the story is in itself an oxymoron. Hans is not clever but instead stays one step behind through the entire story. In the end, the boy takes literally what his mother says when she tells him he should "cast friendly eyes" on the girl. Instead of looking at her kindly, he cuts the...

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