The Little Mermaid By Hans Christian Andersen Essay

1155 Words Apr 1st, 2016 5 Pages
Fairytale’s are short stories that have been passed down through generations by word of mouth. Originally the short stories developed for the entertainment of adults. Throughout the years, by withstanding the test of time, fairy tale’s have been written down into children’s short stories. Fairy tales impact children because these short stories are what creates their imagination at a young age. As children age into adults, they remember the stories their parents told them at “bed time,” and they begin telling the same stories to their very own children. The never-ending cycle of fairy tale’s brings back one’s vivid, childhood imaginations. All fairy tales have different ways of withstanding time, such as Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” which began as a depressing love story and over time became a “happily ever after” Disney children’s book. By analyzing Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” it is comprehensible that the history, archetypal elements, and psychological values assemble a unique fairy tale.

“The Little Mermaid,” by Hans Christian Andersen is a fairy tale that has been famous since 1836. The original title of this short story is "Den lille havfrue," in the Danish language. Hans Christian Andersen was born and raised in Odense, Denmark, where people were extremely fond of fairy tales about supernatural figures. “The Little Mermaid,” in particular held a high level of importance to the Danish people because it related to the folk…

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