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Fairy Tales of Germany week 11 notes

by: Isabel Trede

Fairy Tales of Germany week 11 notes GRMN2503

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These notes cover the tales that were read this week and that were discussed in class. I will be posting the study guide for the exam on Wednesday tomorrow, so look out for that too.
Fairy Tales of Germany
Professor Schmiesing
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fairy, Tales, Germany, grimm, hans, Christian, andersen
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Date Created: 04/08/16
Week Eleven Fairy Tales of Germany Notes Stories Read:  The Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Andersen (1835)  A prince wanted to marry a real princess, but couldn’t find one. Then they found a woman who came to the gate. She was a real princess because she felt and was bruised by the pea under the 20 mattresses and 20 eider-down beds. The prince married her because she was a true princess.  The Emperor’s New Suit by Hans Christian Andersen (1837)  Emperor who loved clothes was told that his new suit was made beautifully, but that only people who were not stupid and unfit for their job could see it, but there was no cloth and everyone just pretended that they could see it, except for one child.  The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen (1844)  A momma duck waited for her eggs to hatch and the duckling from the last egg was bigger and uglier. The duckling eventually left and lived through a winter of cold and abuse, then went up to some swans in the spring and asked them to kill him but they embraced him because he became a beautiful swan  The Brave Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Andersen (1838)  25 tin soldiers were made and one only had one leg because they ran out of metal. He loved this paper dancer toy that lived in a toy castle. The one-legged soldier somehow fell out the window. Little boys found him and put him in a paper boat down the gutter as it rained. He flowed into a body of water and was eaten by a fish, who was caught and sold at the market to the same house he came from. They found him in the fish and put him on the stove to melt and as he was melting, the paper dancer flew in the wind onto the stove and burned. In the end, all that was left of the soldier was a tin hear and of the dancer was her tinsel rose, which was burnt black as cinder.  The Red Shoes by Hans Christian Andersen (1845)  A poor little girl got red cloth shoes made and since they were her only pair, she wore them to her mother’s funeral. A large, old carriage rode by and the woman inside told Karen, the little girl, to come with her to be taken care of. She got new shoes, but the old woman couldn’t see well and did not know they were red. Karen wore them to be confirmed and for communion and people talked about her and told her to wear black shoes to church. The shoes were put away, but then the old woman got sick and Karen was to care for her. Karen was invited to a ball though, and saw no harm in going. She went and wore the red shoes, which made her dance. Eventually she had her feet cut off to free herself from the shoes. She stayed in the parsonage and one Sunday, she was offered to join them in church, but she stayed in her room, where she was met by an angel of god and her room transformed into church and she went to heaven.  The Match- Seller by Hans Christian Andersen (1846)  A poor little girl, whose shoes had been stolen, wandered the streets near dark. She hadn’t sold any matches all day and had made no money. She knew if she went home, she would be just as cold and her father would beat her. She sat between two houses and lit four matches, one at a time. The first one burned and she sat a beautiful brass stove. The second one burned and she saw the inside of a rich household with roast goose. With the third, she saw a glorious Christmas tree. With the last, she saw her grandmother, who was the only one to ever love her and she had died. The little girl saw a shooting star and wished that her grandmother wouldn’t vanish and that she could join her. The little girl went to heaven on the last day of the year and her little corpse remained between the two houses, frozen and grasping the matches. Monday Notes: Brother Lustig  begins with “great war”, brother Lustig was discharged  He is GIVING- shares what he has; nevertheless, he is a trickster figure  St. Peter and the lamb’s heart; “Bruderherz”  Cooking vs. doctoring  Brother Lustig enters heaven, but only through trickery.  Tale about forgiveness? Tale that shows that male figures get away with trickery and lying, but female characters do not? Tale about the psychological distress that war causes?  Tale from catholic Vienna The Three Army Surgeons  Army surgeons vs. physicians (sociohistorical background; earlier versions have physicians)—Napoleonic Wars  Why does the tale mention that the maid’s sweetheart is a soldier? The German Fairy Tale in the Second half of the 19 century  Continuing influence of the Grimms  Continuing influence of the Romantic Kunstmärchen  Realism (or poetic realism or bourgeois realism) Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)  Myths concerning Andersen (he actually wasn’t good at interacting with children and never had any of his own, he also was actually very poor)  Father was atheist and mother was very religious (see both in his writing)  conflicted about his ideas on aristocracy  he was bisexual and concealed it pretty well until later in his life  he was very self centered- narcissism  Popularity in the UK and the US  Grandfather in mental hospital and remembered grandmother tending the gardens at the hospital  Poverty in his youth  Desire to work his way up  Religion, sexuality, misogyny, narcissism  Andersen and children  Institutionalization of the fairy tale further  Differences between his and Grimm tales  One voice and flow better because of it  violence but not just to show that obedience is good  not always just bad guys that get bad fates  far harsher world, but realistic  more complex characters, not so archetypical  irony in the tales  In the Little Match Girl, she sees a shooting star and thinks that someone is dying and it is her. She also sold matches for money and froze to death. The Princess and the Pea  Andersen’s view of aristocracy in the tale  Frail aristocrats, mockery  “Nobody but a princess could be so sensitive”  at the end, he wrote that the great artifact (the pea) was put in a museum and that it was a true story The Red Shoes  she really wants the shoes and can’t have them and she does not understand why; unfair  poor people shouldn’t have red shoes, not a color of mourning, can not wear red in church (does not make sense to a child)  tragic ending, as many of his tales have  lots more direct speak from narrator, also more inner thoughts, more dialogue than Grimm tales  more details than Grimm tales and information that adds to tale but is not needed Andersen  attitude toward aristocracy  hard work, working your way up  love of details  more dialogue  melancholy, yet whimsical and witty  irony  influenced by romanticism, but also points ahead to realism


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