The rise of romanticism (18th century) was distinguished by its emphasis on the epitome of an intense feeling as a source of creative experience. Placing a new significance on such emotions as apprehension, awe, horror and terror. This movement, therefore, revived an interest in fairy tales. Both the Grimm Brothers and Collodi valued and reflected existing cultural qualities of their time and thus the stories ‘Hansel and Gretel’ and The Adventures of Pinocchio were didactic in nature because at the time the stories were written discipline relied on fear. Although the scenes of violence in both stories have later been sanitized the stories can still be used as a warning tale for children.
‘Hansel and Gretel’ (2007) is a perfect example of a fairy tale were fear plays a significant role throughout. The story is immediately engaging because of all the things that make it terrifying, gruesome and grisly. Without the strong elements of terror it would not leave a long-lasting impression on its readers. The story ‘Hansel and Gretel’ can leave a child with a truer sense of reality even though they experience a great deal of suffering and are the victims of something they cannot control they exemplify integrity and determination and are rewarded for this at the end. The ill-behaved characters are punished for their misdeeds and there is justice because of this. The violence and terror in the story are essential to the tale in order for its readers to understand lawfulness as they must understand the process of it. This is because there are acts of violence and immorality in fairy tales and real life too. But counteracting this corruption is the continual acts of bravery, heroism, compassion and generosity, as shown throughout ‘Hansel and Gretel’. To some degree the extreme acts of violence may have been a reflection of medieval culture from which the Grimm tales originated from.