Hanna and Fairy Tales December 11, 2017

Hanna and Fairy Tales  

Throughout the movie Hanna there are many scenes and ideas that are similar to some of the Grimm’s fairy tales. Some of the fairy tales that have been used in the film are Baba Yaga, Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel. In the movie the director purposely hide these details for the audience.    


In the movie Hanna there are many scenes that relate to  the story of Baba Yaga. In Hanna when Isaac is interrogating the hotel owner to find out where Hanna is,he throws a towel down and Hanna is shown escaping on the ferry. This scene is like the part in the story when the the children are escaping from the witch and they drop the towel and a river appears behind them. In the story of Baba Yaga as the children are running away they also drop a comb behind them creating a forest. This comb in Baba Yaga is like the pillars that Hanna used to escape from the compound. Director Joe Wright added these details and scenes on propose to make us connect the details and mentally explore what they mean.


When analyzing the movie Hanna and the story of Hansel and Gretel there are many common concepts. In Hansel and Gretel the children stumbles upon the witch’s candy houses. The same house appears in Hanna in the abandoned amusement park. In Hansel and Gretel when the mother brings the children to the forest  and abandoned them there to get rid of them. This like how in Hanna Marissa intended to kill Hanna before Erik took Hanna to live in the forest.


Through the movie Hanna you can spot some similarities between the story of the little red riding. in Little Red Riding Hood as the girl is walking to grandmother’s house the wolf shows up and follows her. This is similar to how Marissa and Isaac were following Hanna. In Hanna Marissa represents the wolf little red riding hood. Director Joe Wright added these details about little red riding hood to help connect the idea of Marissa and the wolf.


     When looking at all three of the fairy tales and how they were strategically incorporated into the movie Hanna by director Joe Wright. As the comparisons have shown Hanna contains the work of two of the most famous fairy tale authors the Brothers Grimm. Little Red Riding Hood, Baba Yaga and Hansel and Gretel all have ideas and from their stories in the Hanna.     


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