Friday, 30 July 2010
Friday is for Fairytales is a meme hosted by Irena (me) at This Miss loves to Read. Every Friday, you can choose a fairytale you love, or simply find interesting or haunting, and review it or simply say why you like it so much, or why it has captured your attention. Instead of a fairytale, you can choose a favourite fairytale character and describe him/her and tell us why you like them, or you can simply share an experience connected to a fairytale. Fairytales can be old and modern, written by a known author or anonymous, written down or passed on orally, short or in novel form (like re-writings of fairytales), international or typical for your country alone. In this case, present your country’s fairytale and we can all become acquainted with a new fairytale. So, make a post every Friday that is connected to the world of fairytales, be it a review, a character description or your own fairytale experience. Let’s celebrate fairytales and share our love for them.
MY POST IS ABOUT: "Ugly Duckling" by Hans Cristian Andersen
I have chosen another fairy-tale by Andersen for this Friday and this time my choice is “Ugly Duckling”. In case you’re not familiar with the story, I’ll describe it fast.
Once upon a time, a mother duck’s eggs hatched and all of the little ducks are perfect but one who is seen as an ugly little creature. Everyone humiliates him because of his ugly appearance, so he is a lonely outcast among the ducks. He wanders around sadly and even lives with wild ducks and geese for a while, until hunters slaughter “his” flock. After some more misfortunes, he sees a flock of migrating wild swans one day. He is really happy about it, but he can’t join the flock. When winter comes, the poor freezing ugly duckling is taken in by a farmer, but the noise in the house scares him, so he spends the winter alone outcome. Then, spring comes at last and the ugly duckling is welcome into a flock of swan, for he has grown into a beautiful swan himself. All along, he has been a swan, so he was definitely different from ducks appeared ugly to them. But in the end, the ugly duckling, now a beautiful swan, has finally found his home and is happy.
Actually, I came to love this fairy-tale as a teenager. As a kid, I mostly read about princesses and princes, as I was a really girly girl. But then, I started to discover other stories by Andersen and the tale about the ugly duckling really appealed to me. This story is very similar to how things question in real life. Too often, people are rejected because of the way they look, without being given a chance to show their true selves to the world, simply because they don’t have nice, fancy clothes and something to show on the outside. However, I have known beautiful people who acted like jerks and not so beautiful people who were one of the best people I ever met. So, outer appearance really doesn’t matter. It’s what you carry in your heart, and in your head, that’s important.
I think this story is really educational and should definitely be read and explained to children, so that they could learn about acceptance and what truly matters in life. Sometimes I get sick of our neighbours’ kids fighting with each other who has the best toys and who has the best shoes. I think “Ugly Duckling” would be the perfect story for such kids.
So, to finish off, this is a very beautiful story that draws parallels to real life. And, the wonderful thing about Andersen is that many of his stories are very educational and offer an important message.
Posted by Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read at 7/30/2010