The Ugly Duckling Renata A. SchramA Tale by Hans Christian Andersen
OverviewHans Christian Andersens Biography.The motivations behind the Ugly DucklingTale appropriate for modern days?
Hans Christian AndersenDanish writer born on 1805, son on a shoemaker and a washerwoman.His birthday on April 2 is celebrated as the International Childrens Book Day.Tried to be an actor on the Royal Theater of Copenhagen with no success.
RecognitionAccepted at the University of Copenhagen in 1928.Was mostly known for childrens stories, but also wrote plays, poems and autobiographies.His stories portrayed the victory of good against evil.
Andersen was an innovator and broke with the literary tradition using idioms and constructions of the spoken language.Example:-But at last the eggshells began to crack, one after another. "Peep, peep!" said the little things, as they came to life and poked out their heads. (The Ugly Duckling)
MotivationStory displays subjects such as: need of acceptance, need to belong to a group and to find your own way in life.The Ugly Duckling could be a metaphor for his own life.Motivation to inspire people to have hope and never despair.
Tale still appropriate?It talks about actual problems such as bullying and peer pressure.It teaches kids to have empathy and respect differences.
Some cruel parts on the original version, but still in context with reality.There are milder variations of the original tale.