Gretel has a peculiar way of seeing the world, and often speaks in metaphors to her little brother. He says that she always looks “under and around and behind things” and sees problems wherever she goes. She has not been long at the witch’s house, before she senses “something is wrong” and says that the house is made up of children’s screams. She wonders where the “abundance” comes from (if the witch never goes to town, where does all the food originate; if there are no animals, where does the milk come from?), and has an instinctual knack for her own magic. She speaks to mushrooms, asks them if they are all right to eat, and says they seem to respond “eat me.” Though cautious about the witch, she is also curious about her and her magic, and does not want to leave immediately. Once her brother goes missing, Gretel knows the witch is behind it, and tells the audience all she has to do is “stay calm and outsmart her,” which she does, by using her magical powers against her to destroy her at the moment of her transformation. She has a dream that parallels actual events, and knows things without being told, as if it was a “story I have heard all my life.” Gretel says that no one ever gives anyone something for nothing, there is always a price, and refuses the price being her virginity to a creepy man who wants to hire her “as a housekeeper.” She also largely forms her life around that of her younger brother; the witch says Gretel is held back by him, because she acts like his mother “even though she is not.” Gretel herself realizes both that she cannot reach her full potential, and her brother cannot embrace his own destiny, without her separation from him—that she must let him go for both of them to become what they are meant to be. She is a clever problem-solver, and self-reliant, but also somewhat reckless in her decision to stay in the witch’s house, even though she senses something is “wrong” about it. She’s too intrigued by the magic to motivate herself to leave, until it becomes apparent that her brother has fallen into a risk in the process. Gretel takes risks to recover him and defeat the witch, but shows very little sensory awareness otherwise. She has rather poor sensory awareness as well, moving her brother into an abandoned home and failing to realize a huntsman is already occupying it until he emerges from the shadows.

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Gretel is, according to her brother, someone who always finds fault in things and something to be suspicious about, and it’s true, she distrusts other people, but also trusts them. She is cautious of the witch and does not want to eat her food, but then becomes so hungry, she cannot resist. She says people never give away something for nothing, and if it seems too good to be true, it is. She is suspicious of the woman and notices how unlikely her extravagant lifestyle is, but stays out of curiosity, and helps around the house in an attempt to understand her own magic. The witch tells her that she “thinks” too much, and needs to be more instinctual. Gretel manages to keep her head in a tough situation, by being calm and detached, but her ultimate loyalty is to her brother. She will not sacrifice him even to become more powerful. She is also willing to let him go, for both their greater good. She can be withdrawn and a bit morbid in her stories, and does not mind the idea of being a “loner” in her future life as a witch.