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Dark Story of the Little Mermaid

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Amanda Catherine
Amanda Catherine
Amanda Catherine is an American Film Critic, writer, and journalist. She received a postgraduate degree in Film and Media Studies and has contributed several articles for top magazines. Her film criticisms were published on leading websites and have gained massive popularity. Besides film criticism, she loves to write about recent hot topics of celebrities and breaking news.

If you’re familiar with The Ugly Duckling, you have a hint of how difficult Hans Christian Andersen’s childhood was. He grew up in poverty and lived in a cramped home with two other families, 12 in total under one roof. After Andersen’s father died when he was 11 years old, the future writer attended school from time to time and worked to support himself and his mother. He trained as a weaver, worked in a tobacco shop, and worked for a tailor until he was 14 years old (according to Danish network).

Andersen moved to Copenhagen when he was 14, determined to find creative work. He was in the boys’ choir until his voice changed, and even tried ballet. When he was 17, Andersen met Jonas Kollin, director of the Royal Danish Theatre, who saw Andersen’s promising stories and provided funding for his education. While school attendance was beneficial for Andersen’s future, it was also sad and lonely for Andersen. He was ridiculed and mistreated by his classmates and teachers, making fun of his ambition to become a writer (according to Danish Net).

Despite the great fortune that Andersen experienced in meeting Jonas Collin, his youth was unhappy and difficult. We can see his loneliness and emotional suffering in his tales, many of which are about characters suffering from isolation, ridicule and mistreatment. These darker emotions and themes are reflected in his writing, giving his beloved fairy tale The Little Mermaid a darker and more complex origin story than most Disney fans might expect.

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