The legend of the gingerbread man exists in many forms, but it always consists of an animate, humanoid gingerbread cookie who is forced to flee from creatures who wish to eat him. The gingerbread man encounters many creatures but is ultimately tricked and eaten by a cunning fox.Know More
In the beginning of the story, the gingerbread man is created when a little, old woman decides to bake a gingerbread snack. When she looks into the oven to check the progress of her creation, the gingerbread man jumps out of the oven. The woman desires to eat him, so the gingerbread man runs away from her. He encounters an old man, a dog, a pig and a group of cows who also express their desire to eat him. The gingerbread man continues to flee until meeting a fox.
The gingerbread man was ready to run away from the fox, but the fox expressed no apparent desire to eat him. Instead, the fox offered to help ferry the gingerbread man across a river. The gingerbread man agreed and climbed on the back of the fox. As the river began to get deeper, the fox urged the gingerbread man to come closer and closer to his mouth in order to stay dry. When the gingerbread man got to the nose of the fox, the fox quickly devoured him.Learn more in Folklore
"The Gingerbread Man" explores possession and what really makes something someone's possession. Throughout the story, people keep acting like they are the owners of the gingerbread man.Full Answer >
Although the tale was not an original work, in May of 1875, “The Gingerbread Boy” was printed for the first time in St. Nicholas Magazine. Before this print copy, “The Gingerbread Boy” was a traditional tale that was spread verbally from one to another.Full Answer >
In the original text of "Jack and the Beanstalk," the name of the giant is not given. However, most plays that are based on the story have the giant named Blunderbore. The giant goes by similar names in other versions of the story, including Blunderboar, Thunderbore, Blunderbus and Blunderbuss.Full Answer >
Images of fairies can be found both in print and online. The Internet is the fastest way to search for a variety of images; doing an image search for "fairies" on any major search engine is a great place to start.Full Answer >