BC: The End
FC: By: Alex Franz and Emma Martin | The Gingerbread Man
1: History | Two of the earliest versions to appear in print were "The Pancake" collected by Peter Asbjornsen and Jorgen Moe in Norway in the mid-1800s and "The Thick, Fat Pancake" collected by the Colshorns in Germany and published in 1854. The annotated version of the tale which appears on SurLaLune first appeared in St. Nicholas magazine in 1875, and did not contain any source notes. However, the fairytale was already well-known at the time and very popular with children.
2: There is an interesting chain of female storytellers shown in the intro of this fairytale. A grandmother tells the story to a little girl who will pass along the story as an adult to the next generation. This supports the role of women as storytellers and heads of the kitchen where gingerbread is made. The tale was created to essentially celebrate the domestic arts, especially culinary skills, as well as the ability to create life. | Why it was written
4: Summary | Two elderly parents lived happily on the edge of the woods; their only complaint was that they had no kids. One day the wife made gingerbread cookies and cut one into the shape of a boy. When she checked to see if the cookies were done the boy shaped cookie ran out from the oven away from the parents. Eventually the gingerbread man came across a barn full of threshers and said that even they could not catch him. The threshers could not catch him and he continued to run past a cow and told the cow that it could not catch him. The cow could not catch him either and the gingerbread man ran past a pig saying: the parents, the threshers, and the cow could not catch him so neither could the pig. The pig didn't catch him and when the gingerbread man got to the fox, he told the fox that it could not catch him. The fox chased after him and eventually caught up to him and proceeded to eat him one quarter at a time. After he was eaten he never spoke again.
7: Major Themes | Children should not run from their parents Children should not taunt others because eventually someone will be able to match or beat them
8: Playfulness/ trickster Taunting others | Motifs
10: Archetypes | Old parents- wise Mother- protector and nurturer Father- protector of evil Young boy- the trickster (gingerbread man) Woods- mystery, strange occurrences
11: Fox- swift, fast, cunning, mean Daytime- playful time, not known for evil Death and rebirth- the gingerbread man is born then dies in the story Six- Devil, the gingerbread man ran from 6 things before being killed
12: Impact On Society
13: -Grimm Brothers movie- the gingerbread man makes an appearance but it is twisted to the mud person -The Stinky Cheese Man- parody of gingerbread man along with other fairy tales, published in 1992 by Jon Scieszka -The Gingerbread Man was a character in the movie series Shrek
14: Impact on Society Continued
15: The song Sweet Gingerbread Man was a popular song by Bobby Sherman Kids often dress up as the Gingerbread Man for Halloween Gingerbread Man cookies are commonly made as well as gingerbread houses which appeared in Hanzel and Gretel Movie “Catch Me if You Can” has a title that comes from the gingerbread man, and how he thought he was uncatchable
18: A family is pieced together with hope and faith. A family is quilted and bound with love and grace.